Senator Jim DeMint told me that the Tea Party-backed Congressional gains would lead to a political realignment and a second chance for Republicans who recovered from big losses in 2006 and 2008.
“I’m glad to see the determination from Boehner and others in the House that this time we’re going to do it the right way,” he told me on “Good Morning America.”
“I think, right now George, what I’m hopeful for is Republicans in the House will show what they stand for. They will pass legislation and send it to the Senate that we can debate and say ‘yes’ to so we won’t be in a position like we have been the last four years of just saying no to really bad legislation,” he added.
DeMint was reelected to a second term after he defeated Democrat Alvin Greene last night. The South Carolina Senator said the Republican Party and newly elected Tea Party candidates will unite by 2012 – although he disagreed with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s comments that the GOP’s primary goal for the next two years is to make President Obama a one-term president.
“No, I don’t think [Obama] should be our focus at all, I think his policies were rebuked yesterday and this government-centric rampage of spending was rejected by the American people,” he said.
So what is on DeMint’s agenda when he returns to Congress? Repealing health care.
“The legislation is clearly going to hurt the practice of medicine and the quality of healthcare in America. It’s going to raise the price. But I think it will also contribute to bankrupting our country,” he told me. “So it’s a big issue and we can’t really tweak it. It’s built on a platform of government control so we need to throw it out and replace it with the ideas that we talked about during the healthcare debate.”