Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Amanpour: wow there is a tropical storm
in New Orleans
Reporter: yes the levees are holding
[ fingers crossed ]
Amanpour: the 2012 Presidential campaign
is in overdrive!
Audience: oh noe
Amanpour: Jim DeMint is a Tea Party Senator
- good morning Jim
DeMint: Hi Christiane
Amanpour: what do you think about Rick Perry?
DeMint: I need to wait for several months
to see who is really crazy and then I will
make my endorsement
Amanpour: that’s very prudent
DeMint: You can’t be too careful Diane
Amanpour: Rick Perry endorsed Al Gore in 1988
DeMint: yes but Reagan was a Democrat before
God told him to cut taxes and build a missile
shield in outer space
Amanpour: Perry says Social Security is a
bad disease and bad medicine is what we need
DeMint: most people know Social Security
must be saved by getting rid of it
Amanpour: do you like future President
Rick Perry or not?
DeMint: I like that he brings the crazy but
that might not be enough
Amanpour: Can Mitt Romney earn the
endorsement of Tea Party?
DeMint: the Tea Party is the best thing that’s
ever happened to America because it’s a
grassroots movement that discovered in January
of 2009 corporate taxes are too high
Amanpour: what about Obama’s address to
Congress next week?
DeMint: I’m very frustrated with speeches -
he needs to come to Congress and offer ideas
Amanpour: I see
DeMint: To end the recession we must crack
down on unions
Amanpour: Is that right?
DeMint: I’m not interested in some speech by
some guy who thinks he’s important just because
he’s acts like he’s President or something
Amanpour: thanks for coming Jim
[ break ]
Amanpour: what about Rick Perry?
Karl: the opposition research file is as thick
as a phone book
Gerson: he supported TARP and doesn’t think
people should vote for Senators
Amanpour: is he a fake candidate like
Bachmann or real like Huntsman
Gerson: he’s real, savvy and good looking
Amanpour: he hates Social Security and
87% of people like it
Loesch: it is very popular but we need to get the
government out of Social Security
Amanpour: does he have any weaknesses
with the Tea Party?
Loesch: He’s soft on Big Giant Fence
Page: Rick Perry says get government hands
off my Social Security!
Amanpour: that’s compelling
Page: he calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme
but he wants to invest your retirement money
in the stock market
Karl: Perry raised taxes!
Gerson: Republicans are still unhappy with their
choices so they are looking to Chris Christie
to save them
Amanpour: Palin! Palin! Palin!
Karl: She’s running and I’m squeeing!!
Amanpour: Dana is that scary or hopeful to you?
Loesch: she is bit batty but with the GOP anything
can and probably will happen
Amanpour: who would you like to see get the nomination?
Loesch: this election is a referendum on the
Republican party - will they stick with the
tired old liberalism of George W. Bush or
nominate a real staunch conservative?
Amanpour: holy crap