Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint speaks to hundreds of Heritage members in New York Tuesday. Photo: Shealah CraigheadHeritage President-Elect Jim DeMint speaks to hundreds of Heritage members in New York Tuesday. Photo: Shealah Craighead

Conservatives need to better articulate their message if they are to prevail in the war of ideas, Heritage President-Elect Jim DeMint told hundreds of Heritage Foundation members and supporters Tuesday in New York.

Speaking without notes, DeMint elaborated on a point he made earlier this month in the Washington Post. “Conservative policies have proved their worth time and time again,” he wrote in the post. “If we’re not communicating in a way that makes that clear, we are doing a disservice to our fellow citizens.”

The audience was very receptive to his message. “What this country needs is leadership, a real leader like George Washington,” a member of the audience said near the end of the event. Pointing at DeMint, he added: “And I think we have found him.”

DeMint joined Heritage President Ed Feulner in New York for the first stop of a nationwide tour. The Presidents’ Tour aims to introduce DeMint to Heritage members and outline a conservative agenda for 2013 and beyond.

Feulner and DeMint will also visit Chicago, Denver, San Francisco and Los Angeles this week to appear at sold-out events. Next month, they will visit Dallas, Atlanta, Palm Beach and Naples, Fla., before returning to Washington for a final event.

At the end of each event, DeMint will take questions from Heritage members. What would you like to ask him? Tell us in the comments.

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