Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) “said Tuesday the next Republican nominee for president could come from the ranks of governors and that he has no plans to run himself,” the Greenville News reports.
But he gave the barest of qualifiers about his intentions.
“At this point, it’s not my plan or intention to run myself,” DeMint told The Greenville News.
Of a possible vice-presidential nomination, DeMint said, “I’m too much of a troublemaker to be a No. 2. I’m not sure I would want to put that on any president.”
Many national “political observers don’t have DeMint on their 2012 presidential lists, although they say his mission of bringing more of his kind to the Senate has succeeded.”
Here are the potential candidates he mentioned when asked who he might support:
Asked if he had three top candidates for the Republican nomination, DeMint said, “Not really right now because I don’t know who’s in the field. I know a lot of them are testing the waters.”
He said he believes former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich “is a great idea guy” and a possible candidate.
DeMint also said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty “have actually demonstrated they can cut things in a reasonable way.”
”We’ve got a few exceptional people in the House and Senate who could do it if they wanted to, but so far I don’t see that,” DeMint said.
(h/t – The Fix)