Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) said Wednesday that he is not running for a Senate leadership position, despite a report that he was open to such a campaign.
The Greenville (S.C.) News reported Tuesday that the conservative senator did not rule out a run for leadership but ruled out a challenge to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
On a conference call with a Senate candidate he endorsed, DeMint told the conservative Daily Caller that he would not seek a leadership spot:
DeMint made the remarks while on a conference call with Ron Johnson, running for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin. When The Daily Caller asked Johnson, who was endorsed by DeMint, if he would support the South Carolina as leader, DeMint interrupted him.
“Let me jump in there, because I’m not running for a leadership position, and so I don’t want you to try to answer that question,” he said. “What we really need up here is a group of Republican senators who are gonna pull our leadership in the right direction, and Ron, I think that’s what I think you can help us do.”
He continued: “I didn’t want you to split the hairs on that because I’m not running for leadership.”