October 23, 2012
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) credits The Heritage Foundation with inspiring him to run for public office and advance conservative ideas.
Heritage, he said today at Heritage’s President’s Club meeting in Washington, revealed to him the connection between political ideas and strong local communities. This led him to run for public office on a Heritage-inspired platform: “Bring Freedom Home.”
DeMint said he was never interested in politics as a young professional. But his work as a market researcher prepared him for public office because he understands how to promote ideas.
Once in Congress, he sought Heritage experts to further develop his policy proposals.
“You need a real big think tank with a lot of smart people to put [a policy] together,” he said. “Without The Heritage Foundation and its critical mass of data and policy analysis, what I do wouldn’t be possible.”
And what he has accomplished is significant. For example, he recently used Heritage materials to argue against the Law of the Sea Treaty and expose the unconstitutionality of the individual mandate in Obamacare.