Mitt Romney is the favorite to receive Sen. Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) much-sought-after endorsement in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to knowledgeable GOP sources.
DeMint, who endorsed the former Massachusetts governor in 2008, made clear in an interview late last week that he has made no decisions on whom he will support in the 2012 primary. But Republican operatives familiar with the DeMint-Romney relationship and privy to the conservative Senator's private assessment of the GOP field believe Romney is the most likely candidate to receive the backing of the tea party favorite.
"Jim is far more likely to endorse Mitt than anyone else currently in the race," a Republican with South Carolina ties said. "Jim is a business guy and that's his background. He's not really the good ol' boy conservative type. So Mitt in a lot of ways is a more comfortable fit for him."
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As someone who has been pushing for a Romney / DeMint 2012 Ticket myself since Obama gave his inauguration speech, this would certainly help in what I believe would be a winning ticket.
Both men have solid Business and public sector experience, and DeMint would give street creds to to those Republicans who are holding out because they feel Romney may not be conservative enough. Also, think of what his endorsement does to the South Carolina primary.
DeMint has stated several times that this will be his last term in the Senate.....Perhaps bigger fish to fry?......
Romney / DeMint in 2012....I like that sound!