DeMint on 2012: 'I don't think so'

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) doesn't sound too keen on running for president.

Here's how he answered the big question in an interview with The American Spectator:

TAS: Are you going to be in that mix?

JD: I don't think so. I hope I can be part of helping to find somebody who can really change things. It's going to be hard because we need someone who will tell Americans the truth. The truth is we can't make any more promises that the federal government is going to do more for us. It will take a very talented person to say that the federal government has to do less rather than more. That's not too far from the Churchill promise of nothing more than blood, sweat, and tears. It doesn't have to sound that harsh, but the fact is we're going to have to sacrifice to pull ourselves away from where we are. And I'm starting to think that Americans are ready for that now.

TAS: President Obama's numbers keep dropping, both for him personally and for his policies. That's good news for Republicans. But you can't beat somebody with nobody. Do you expect somebody we haven't even been thinking about to pop out of the woodwork to go with the names we already know?

JD: Possibly so. They're some good names out there. Among others there's Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana, who has demonstrated he can make tough decisions at the state level and manage a state in very difficult times. He certainly knows the national scene. And people like that who might not be as dynamic, but who might be much better candidates in 2012 because I think Americans are saying we tried dynamic and it hasn't worked. Could we try boring? I think Americans are looking for a grownup who has proven he can manage things. You can't lead with rhetoric, and that's what we see being tried now in Washington. So we may see a different kind of candidate this time.

(h/t GOP12)

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