Sen. Jim DeMint on Why the GOP Needs to Become More Libertarian


“A lot of the libertarian ideals that Ron Paul is talking about…should not be alien to any Republican,” Sen. Jim DeMint said during an interview at Reason’s Washington, D.C., offices in late January. Encouraging words from a South Carolina Republican who has earned a reputation as one of his party’s strongest voices for fiscal conservatism during his six years in the House of Representatives and six years in the Senate. After backing Mitt Romney in 2008, DeMint has declined to endorse a presidential candidate so far this political season. Reason’s Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch interviewed him on the afternoon of the Florida primary.