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Published: 11/2/10

How Old Is Jim DeMint?

By  Nia J Stanley - Politics Daily
How Old Is Jim DeMint?

Jim DeMint is the Republican U.S. senator for South Carolina running against Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee. As part of an AOL Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about DeMint's life. How old is Jim DeMint? DeMint is 59. When was DeMint born? DeMint was born on Sept. 2, 1951. Where was Jim DeMint born? DeMint was born in Greenville, S.C. Who are Jim DeMint's parents? DeMint's parents were Thomas Eugene DeMint and Betty W. Rawlings Batson. They divorced when he was 5, leaving Betty a single mother to raise four ...

Published: 11/2/10

Is Jim DeMint Married?

By  Nia J Stanley - Politics Daily
Is Jim DeMint Married?

Jim DeMint is the Republican U.S. senator for South Carolina running against Alvin Greene, the Democratic nominee. As part of an AOL Politics Daily series about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about DeMint's life. Is Jim DeMint married? Yes. Who is Jim DeMint's wife? He is married to the former Debbie Henderson. What does Jim DeMint's wife do for a living? Debbie DeMint was a women's leadership team co-chair during Mitt Romney's 2007 campaign for president. At the time, she had obtained a master's degree in counseling from Clemson Universit...

Published: 10/26/10

What Is Jim DeMint's Religion?

By  Dan Gibson - Politics Daily
What Is Jim DeMint's Religion?

Jim DeMint, the junior senator from South Carolina and a Republican, is seeking re-election against Democratic candidate Alvin Greene. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about DeMint's life. What is Jim DeMint's religion? DeMint is a Presbyterian. Where does Jim DeMint worship? DeMint and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church in America, and he once served as an elder. Was Jim DeMint born a Presbyterian, or did he convert? DeMint was not very religious until he was 25, when...

Published: 09/28/10

Washington in 60 Seconds: Congress Plans to Campaign Now, Govern Later

By  Patricia Murphy - Politics Daily
Washington in 60 Seconds: Congress Plans to Campaign Now, Govern Later

Good morning, Capitolists! It's a busy day in Washington, but in the words of motivational speaker turned Vice President Joe Biden, "Stop whining!" And start reading about what's happening in the nation's capital, in the next 60 seconds. - Stuffing the Duck. Congress is back in business this week, but there won't be much business getting taken care of. Look for two votes each in the House and Senate before members head for the exits until after the November elections. That means they'll leave a lengthy to-do list for the seasonally plucked and stuffed lame duck session that will include (at...

Published: 09/17/10

Values Voter Summit: Should Top GOPers Share Stage With Anti-Muslim Extremist?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Values Voter Summit: Should Top GOPers Share Stage With Anti-Muslim Extremist?

Imagine if someone had publicly said any of the following: - Jews should not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military; - Inbreeding has caused Jews to become stupid; - No more synagogues should be built in the United States; - Jews should be expelled from the United States. Would such a person be invited to speak at a major conservative Christian gathering? And would prominent Republican lawmakers and GOP presidential candidates agree to share the stage with this extremist? Not at all. There would be righteous indignation by the buckets, loads of denunciations, and loud calls for a boycott. ...

Published: 08/25/10

Alvin Greene Told to Leave S.C. Restaurant After Alleged Altercation

By  Mary C. Curtis - Politics Daily
Alvin Greene Told to Leave S.C. Restaurant After Alleged Altercation

Alvin Greene, the Democratic candidate for Senate in South Carolina, was told to leave a Seneca, S.C., restaurant Saturday after a woman accompanying him got into a fight with county Democratic Party members holding a meeting there, police say. Oconee County Democratic Party officials had asked the controversial candidate to speak at their monthly meeting at Jimmy's Restaurant, but rescinded the invitation after Greene, 32, was indicted Aug. 13 on a felony charge of showing pornography to a college student. According to the Associated Press, Seneca Police Chief John Covington said that Green...

Published: 07/6/10

Michael Steele: Right About Obama and the Afghanistan War?

By  David Corn - Politics Daily
Michael Steele: Right About Obama and the Afghanistan War?

Michael Steele was right when he called Afghanistan Obama's war. Well, sort of. But what got him in hot water was committing one of Washington's greatest sins: saying what he really thinks. From the moment Steele became chief of the Republican Party, he has been under fire for screw-ups and misstatements. Republicans insiders have consistently derided him -- with one calling him a "buffoon." He recently was snared in a brazen act of hypocrisy. Steele has even appeared almost to relish the controversies (except maybe the West Hollywood Bondage Strip Joint Caper). But his most recent misstep ha...

Published: 06/17/10

Alvin Greene's S.C. Primary Win: Elections Board Declines to Investigate

By  Politics Daily Staff - Politics Daily
Alvin Greene's S.C. Primary Win: Elections Board Declines to Investigate

Alvin Greene's controversial -- and curious -- victory in last week's Senate primary in South Carolina will not be investigated by the state's election commission. Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the commission, said it sees "no reason to initiate an investigation into our voting system," according to the Hill. "We have full confidence in the reliability and accuracy of the state's voting system and we have nothing to indicate there was any voting-system failure on June 8. The system has performed accurately and consistently." Greene is a jobless veteran who won 58 percent of the vote despit...

Published: 06/9/10

Rep. James Clyburn Wants Probe of Alvin Greene's Election in S.C. Primary

By  David Wood - Politics Daily
Rep. James Clyburn Wants Probe of Alvin Greene's Election in S.C. Primary

House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) wants an investigation into the shocking upset election of Alvin Greene in the South Carolina primary Tuesday. The jobless veteran with no political experience took 59 percent of the vote to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate despite putting virtually no money into his campaign and making few, if any, appearances. "There were some real shenanigans going on in the South Carolina primary," Clyburn said on the Bill Press radio show, according to The Hill. "I don't know if [Greene] was a Republican plant; he was someone's plant." Clyburn is pa...

Published: 05/25/10

Jim DeMint: Conservative 'Kingmaker' or Inside-the-Beltway Interloper?

By  Matt Lewis - Politics Daily
Jim DeMint: Conservative 'Kingmaker' or Inside-the-Beltway Interloper?

Thanks to his aggressive involvement in a number of primary campaigns, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) has been dubbed by some in the media as the conservative "kingmaker." But now, even some conservatives are quietly questioning whether that's an apt title. In recent months, DeMint has pulled a power play of sorts with his Senate Conservatives Fund, which essentially serves as a shadow National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). The PAC is run by Matt Hoskins, who also serves as DeMint's spokesman and who, according to one conservative who asked not to be named, "tries to be DeMint's 'big man....

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