DeMint Says Steele Needs To Be Replaced
DeMint said on "Fox News Sunday" that “going into 2012, we need a really strong Republican party to match the get out the vote that we saw from the Obama machine last time.”
The Republican Senator thinks a conservative can win the White House in 2012.
“Right now," he told "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace, "I have no plans to run for president. I’m looking for someone who will have the courage and leadership abilities to come out and make the hard decisions that we need to turn this country away from a cliff.”
White House adviser David Axelrod, who also appeared on "Fox News Sunday," said he will leave the White House for Chicago to work on President Obama's reelection campaign as early as "late winter." Of course, he thinks Obama will win in 2012.
When host Wallace asked Axelrod how they will win back the red states, he said this: “Two years is an eternity. Two years before the last election, (neither) you nor anyone else would have predicted that Barack Obama would be elected president of the United States.”
Wallace also pressed Axelrod on President Obama's stance on the Bush-era tax cuts. Axelrod said, “Let me repeat what the president’s position is. We have to extend these middle class tax cuts."
The White House adviser also appeared Sunday on "Meet the Press" where he said that President Obama had not decided if he was going to campaign for Rahm Emanuel, Obama's former chief of staff who is now running for mayor of Chicago.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) spoke on "Meet the Press" too. McCain was asked by host David Gregory about his wife Cindy's appearance on a television ad for NOH8, an organization that supports the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." The ad challenges McCain's own position on DADT.
"I respect the First Amendment rights of every member of my family," he said.
Newly elected Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer also made the talk show rounds Sunday morning. Both Paul and Schumer appeared on "Face the Nation."
Paul said Obama sent the wrong message to businesses about the BP oil spill. Schumer talked about 2012 and taxes, predicting that Democrats will do well in 2012 and proposing that the Bush-era tax cuts should be limited to people making less than $1 million a year.
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