In an interview with Human Events editor Jason Mattera, DeMint says that even with a balanced budget amendment, which he spoke favorably of, he still will not vote to raise the debt limit since he hasn’t created this debt problem. And he encourages the young freshmen to not allow the other Republicans to talk them into it because they didn’t create this problem either. He wants the people who created this problem to take the blame for raising the debt limit:
I think he realizes the need to raise the debt ceiling but doesn’t want the political burden of raising it to fall solely on Republicans since they aren’t responsible for the need to raise the debt ceiling, especially the new freshmen.
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