Romney, Not That Interested in Tea Party Votes, Will Skip DeMint's Forum

More

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will skip the presidential candidate forum being held by South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), The Washington Post reports, avoiding the pressure exerted on the GOP field by a tea-party kingmaker:

"He will be in South Carolina enough to show that he is the best candidate to beat [President] Obama on jobs and the economy," said spokeswoman Andrea Saul, adding that Romney will probably campaign in the state in September.

Romney visited the state a few times as a prospective candidate, but not since he announced his candidacy in June. His wife campaigned there in July. ...

In contrast, Perry launched his campaign in South Carolina, which has a record of picking the eventual nominee that goes back to 1980. Perry will appear at the Columbia forum, along with former pizza executive Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) and former House speaker Newt Gingrich.

DeMint has become a kind of tea-party godfather in Congress, if there is such a thing. In the 2010 elections, his political group promoted tea-party Senate candidates across the country, as they pulled off a wave of surprising primary wins. Romney probably isn't going to win South Carolina, and, more broadly, he's probably not going to win the kind of tea-party votes nationwide that DeMint represents. He hasn't overexerted himself to secure them -- even as other candidates have strained, at times, to appear more fiscally conservative and tonally aggressive -- and this decision seems to fit with his approach to the tea party in general.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

When Will Robots Take Over the World?

"In a sense, we're already becoming cyborgs."


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Is Wine Healthy?

James Hamblin prepares to impress his date with knowledge about the health benefits of wine.

Video

The World's Largest Balloon Festival

Nine days, more than 700 balloons, and a whole lot of hot air

Video

The Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."

Video

Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

Video

I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In