DeMint also criticized the state of the GOP presidential race, saying it has “kind of deteriorated into some name calling.”

"I'm not going to endorse, I just want to stop the beating,” he said, lamenting the fact that the candidates are beating on each other rather than “selling their vision for America.”

He said he would be happy with Romney or Rick Santorum “or whatever” as the nominee, and that he expects the party to unify out of opposition to President Obama.

"I think you could pull somebody off the street and nominate him and you're going to see some excitement,” he said.