Instead, the powerful lawmaker, who has played the role of kingmaker in past Senate races, tipped his hat at the GOP field, noting he preferred any conservative to President Obama. 

“We’ve got some great conservative leaders in the Republican primary, and they’d all be much better than President Obama,” said DeMint. 

DeMint said he will refocus his attention and political clout on the upper chamber, which Republicans have a shot at recapturing in next year's elections. 

“The Senate is just as critical to the future of our nation, and we need more leaders like Mike LeeMike LeeWill Trump back women’s museum? Overnight Cybersecurity: Lawmakers pushing for vote to delay warrant rule changes Coons to call for voice vote to halt changes to hacking rule MORE and Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE who will fight the big spenders in both nations,” he said, referring to two of his Senate allies. 

DeMint’s powerful Senate Conservatives Fund distributed million of dollars to several conservative candidates during the last election, and played a signficant role in the rise of Tea Party politicians in the Senate.