Republican presidential front- runner Mitt Romney reached out to party lawmakers in Washington yesterday, telling them at one gathering he is seeking the White House “to save the country,” said U.S. Senator Jim DeMint.
DeMint, a South Carolina Republican who helped anti-tax, Tea Party-backed candidates win Senate seats in 2010, said Romney provided the assurance he wanted that the former Massachusetts governor shared his view about the importance of this year’s presidential election.
“That’s what I needed to hear, and I think everyone in the room needed to hear, that really our country’s at stake, and we want a president who understands that this is not business as usual,” DeMint told reporters. “What we got from him is a sense of urgency that our country’s in trouble and we need some real leadership.”
DeMint declined to identify others who were at the same session with him, held near the U.S. Capitol.