DeMint Chronicles Rise of Tea Party in New Book

By: AP
By: AP

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint says in a new book
that he's ready to get to work electing more conservatives to the
U.S. Senate, even if his tactics anger other Republicans.

"The Great American Awakening" hits bookstores Monday. In the
book, DeMint describes the frustration following GOP losses in the
2008 elections that motivated him to work toward supporting new
candidates, even if it angered his Republican Senate colleagues.

DeMint says he was encouraged by the victories of several
candidates endorsed by his Senate Conservatives Fund. One of those
candidates, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, wrote the
introduction to DeMint's book.

DeMint also talks briefly in the book about Alvin Greene, the
unemployed Democrat he easily defeated in the 2010 general

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