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Jim DeMint to Jon Stewart: The GOP Has a Heart for the Poor

By    |   Wednesday, 05 Mar 2014 06:42 AM

"Daily Show"  host Jon Stewart and Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint found a couple of areas of agreement when DeMint appeared on the show Tuesday to promote his new book.

The proudly liberal Stewart complimented DeMint's book, "Falling in Love with America Again," and thanked him for appearing on his show, "because you certainly don't have to."

"Well, a lot of people get their news here, Jon," DeMint responded.

"That's truly the saddest thing I've ever heard in my life," Stewart responded.

"I know it," DeMint agreed.

DeMint, who left his spot as a senator from South Carolina in early 2013,  has been credited as a "force " in Washington who is the voice for tea-party and conservative groups opposed to government waste and the perils of Obamacare.  DeMint himself acknowledged last fall that he's more powerful as head of Heritage than he was in the halls of Congress.

His role with Heritage led him to travel around the country, and as he talked to Americans, his book came to be. In it, he argues Americans have to fall in love with their country again and return to founding principles.

In his interview with Stewart, DeMint responded to a challenge that conservatives obstruct reforms to government programs that help the poor rather than trying to find solutions.

"Our hearts, I think, are in the same place," DeMint told Stewart.

"No, they're not!" Stewart shot back. "I mean, chestwise, yes. Biologically, they are."

Stewart said the voting process still allows any individual to effect change in government, and, "To demonize that or make government the problem is to abdicate our own responsibilities for reforming it."

DeMint responded that one is abdicating his responsibility if he doesn't recognize the areas where government itself is the problem.

"There is so much deception going on in Congress it's hard for voters to know what is going on," he told Stewart.

"No question. Yes," Stewart agreed.

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