With all eyes on South Carolina, Republican Sen. Jim DeMint of the Palmetto State warned former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and all of the other presidential candidates to tone down their campaign rhetoric.
“I would encourage all of the candidates, ‘let’s just be as positive as we can.’ I know they’re frustrated if people run negative ads,” DeMint said today on The Laura Ingraham Show.
DeMint, who has not endorsed any candidate in the GOP race, said that the candidates should also take heed of the fiscal message that has been resonating with supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul.
“I don’t agree with him on everything, but he’s right about the out of control and unaccountable Federal Reserve. He’s right about the need for limited constitutional government and the importance of individual liberty,” said DeMint.
“If the other candidates miss the wisdom in what he’s saying about our monetary policy and limited government then I think that we’ll see it’s to their detriment because the 20 percent or 25 percent or so that are supporting him are people that we need in the Republican Party. And a lot of them are Libertarians, but they’re our natural base and we shouldn’t ignore them.”
DeMint predicted the possible emergence of a third political party unless Republicans act now to embrace the types of ideas that earned Paul a second-place finish in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.
“If Republicans don’t embrace a lot of these ideas, we’re going to end up with a third party that essentially guarantees the Democrats are going to win,” said DeMint, noting that he doesn’t agree with many of Paul’s ideas with respect to the military and defense in particular.
“But we’re going to end up in the same place. If we’re broke, we’re not going to have the ability to defend ourselves and have people all over the world if we don’t have a strong economy,” DeMint acknowledged.
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