Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Jim DeMint: The Palmetto GOP Presidential Freedom Forum

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, embracing his role as kingmaker in the Republican race for the White House, has organized a presidential forum scheduled to take place in Columbia on September 5.

The Labor Day event, called The Palmetto Freedom Forum, will be more of a question-and-answer session rather than a debate, event organizers said. The GOP candidates will be asked to offer concrete plans for fixing the debt and growing the economy.
Not every Republican hopeful will be invited, though. Candidates must meet a threshold of 5 percent in an average of national polls conducted by the website RealClearPolitics.

Questions will come from three panelists: DeMint, Iowa Rep. Steve King and Robert P. George, founder of the American Principles Project, which is sponsoring the event.
“It is an effort to band together and put people through a real interview-type process,” one DeMint supporter involved in the event planning told CNN. “I can’t take another candidate who says he or she is for limited government and then doesn’t do anything about it. We want to know your plan. This is about getting real, and not throwing out a bunch of 30-second sound bites.”
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Anonymous said...

Do you think Romney will attend?

Paul said...

I think Romney will attend this one, or he should if there is no catastrophic conflict with established schedule. It makes sense for him to continue to cultivate the relationship he has had with DeMint. I also think that Jim DeMint still admires Romney, and is poised to endorse him if Mitt hangs in there for him. I like DeMint; in a perfect world world we might see him as VP on Romney's ticket.

ConMan said...

I think you'll find that many of the folks here like Bosman and Rev, share your hopes.

Romney & Demint in 2012!

BOSMAN said...

Ad my name to the list!

Romney /DeMint in 2012!

BTW, Romney will attend HIS PALS forum.

Spartanburg Boy said...

I think Romney will feel he has to go.

Missing the 1st debate, pissed quite a few people off.

He just now gaining momentum there again. He won't want another set back.

Revolution 2012 said...

I have no doubt all those invited will attend.

Terry said...

A DeMint endorsement would surely give Romney street creds with the TParty and far right.

Anonymous said...

"Candidates must meet a threshold of 5 percent in an average of national polls conducted by the website RealClearPolitics."

T-Paw better start polling better or he'll be left out. According to RCP averaging he's a little bit short (currently 4.3%). Do you think they'll round it up if he get to 4.5%?