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US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (C) waves during a campaign stop at the Seabreeze Marina in Charleston, South Carolina, January 16, 2008. Standing with Romney are his daughter-in-law Mary (L) and US Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (R).  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)  US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) campaigns with Mitt Romney in 2008, when DeMint was an early supporter
South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the most conservative Republicans in the U.S. Senate, says that if Republicans win in November, the tea party agenda will be the Republican agenda—and that Mitt Romney has personally pledged his support, even if it means he'd be a one-term president:
“If we get the [Senate] majority and the White House, we have got to pass a budget that sets up the structure, through reconciliation, to repeal Obamacare by killing the mandate,” he says. He also wants to “totally redo our tax code,” put “Medicare on a sustainable course,” and “deal with Social Security.” But should Republicans win then stumble, “it’d be betrayal to our country.”

“We need to do it in the first 100 days,” DeMint says. “[Mitt] Romney has told me, face to face, that he knows that he needs to get these things done right away. He is looking at this as a one-term proposition.”

Maybe DeMint's lying, but given that what he's describing sounds an awful lot like the Ryan plan, I wouldn't bet on it. Whatever the case, it's a question Romney should answer. Publicly. If he's pledged his support to pursuing Jim DeMint's tea party agenda, he should own up to it before the fact. Not after, when it's too late.

Originally posted to The Jed Report on Thu Aug 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM PDT.

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