Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint described Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as "a good conservative," after a meeting with his former rival Thursday.
"He's just in a tough leadership position here," DeMint said after he attended McConnell's meeting with conservatives, which he holds regularly, Politico is reporting.
DeMint now heads The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Washington, but during his time in the Senate, DeMint and McConnell were typically at odds when the South Carolina Republican ran the Senate Conservatives Fund, a group that does fundraising for conservatives running for the Senate.
"If there’s anybody who can clear up dysfunction and try to make the Senate work like it’s supposed to, he can do it," DeMint said Thursday. "I think it probably pained him more than anything else to see the Senate kind of become a dysfunctional group."
DeMint said that he "didn’t give him any advice" because "I wasn’t there to give advice.”
However, he praised both McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner for fighting President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration.
The former senator said that he did present ideas that he's working on at The Heritage Foundation, including repealing Obamacare, lowering taxes and promoting right-to-work laws.
"We're promoting an opportunity-for-all, favoritism-for-none agenda," DeMint added.
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