Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) is offering his support to beleagured Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), who has become the focus of Democratic wrath for his stand against extending unemployment benefits through unanimous consent.

DeMint took to the floor today to support Bunning's cause.

The South Carolina Republican said he's not necessarily opposed to unemployment benefits, but doesn't think it should add to the deficit.

"When we borrow the money to do it we threaten the futures of our children and grandchildren, diminish their quality of life and likely cause their unemployment in the future," DeMint said.

Democrats want to pass the extension as "emergency spending," which requires unanimous consent and would not be subject to PAYGO rules. They've hammered Bunning for his objections to unanimous consent request, making him the poster child for obstruction.