Conservative Sen. Jim DeMint is disputing a Roll Call
report that he plans to endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for president.
Two spokesmen for the South Carolina Republican told Politico
that the Roll Call story is incorrect. The senator isn't close to endorsing Romney or any other candidate yet, they said.
DeMint backed Romney in 2008. During an interview last week, the South Carolina senator said he hasn’t made up his mind on whom to support yet. But Roll Call reported that GOP operatives knowledgeable about his opinions of the presidential field and his relationship with Romney say the front-runner is leading the pack for DeMint’s blessing.
"Jim is far more likely to endorse Mitt than anyone else currently in the race," a Republican politico with South Carolina ties told Roll Call. "Jim is a business guy, and that's his background. He's not really the good-ol'-boy conservative type. So Mitt in a lot of ways is a more comfortable fit for him."
DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton debunks the story, saying: "That story is a fabrication made up of anonymous sources that obviously have no clue what Sen. DeMint is thinking. He has said over and over again that he is not leaning toward any candidate yet and may end up not endorsing in the presidential race."
Meanwhile, Matt Hoskins, who runs DeMint's Senate Conservatives Fund, said the conservative powerhouse is "looking to see who wins over the grass roots, and so far Governor Romney has not done that. These operatives don't know what they're talking about. Sen. DeMint is not leaning toward anyone at this point."
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