LITCHFIELD BEACH — Nov. 6 was the answer to most questions asked of Sen. Jim DeMint during his talk Monday night in Litchfield Beach, where about 50 people filled the Tara Theater.
DeMint, who was elected in 2010 for his second six-year term, was the guest speaker for the Georgetown County Republican Party.
His speech focused on supporting the Republican Party and Mitt Romney and got cheers and applause at times, but the crowd mostly just intently listened to his DeMint explain his philosophy on the problems in the country, and the solutions.
“The problem in Washington now is that too many people believe … that we can centrally manage our economy and our culture. That government can redefine what marriage means and government built your business,” he said. “They don’t really understand America. That’s the problem.”
And he suggested a solution – less federal regulation.
“The solution to our problems now are not to get Washington to do something else but to get Washington out of so many things it can’t do well,” DeMint said. “It’s the only way we’re going to pull away from this fiscal cliff and balance our budget.”
That solution, he said, would be achieved by Romney defeating Barack Obama and regaining a Republican majority in the Senate.
DeMint told the Georgetown County Republican Party to keep working and encouraging people to vote.
“The power to change Washington and to save our country is in your hands,” he said. “It is not in the hands of the people working in the Capitol.”
He finished by answering several questions from audience members, including Ben Cameransi who was likely the youngest to attend.
The 14-year-old asked DeMint what being part of the Republican Party would mean for him.
“I think if you want to grow up with opportunities for prosperity … the Republican Party stands for that opportunity and the Democratic Party now is the party of government,” he answered. “They really believe that the government is a central player in our economy and our culture so they honesty believe that when we talk about cutting government spending that we are hurting the economy.”
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