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DeMint: We're Not Elected To "Make It Easier To Increase Debt Limit"

SEN. JIM DEMINT: People need to be clear about what's going on, Greta. In the last couple of days, by intent, the president has covered over the message of what Republicans did in the House. We've done all we can do. I mean, we can't get a proposal out of the White House. We can't get a proposal out of the Democrats. The Republicans in the Senate compromised on their own. They gave the president an increase in the debt limit that he asked for, the whole $2.4 trillion. But we have to cut some spending. Moody's...

GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Back to the 2008 level? Would that satisfy you...


DEMINT: That's where we're starting and -- but the cuts are just -- are gradual over 10 years that bring us towards a balanced budget. And if we don't balance our budget, we're going to bankrupt our country.

VAN SUSTEREN: How much -- I use the term lightly -- mischief -- I mean, do you have enough numbers in the Tea Party caucus and those who signed on with you to block the "Gang of Six" and to make it so any effort by the president and the "Gang of Six" -- so if they completely disregard you, that -- do you have the muscle to stop them?

DEMINT: There won't be a "Gang of Six." Now, the president may take some elements of it and put it in some plan, but he's not going to submit a plan. We've learned that he doesn't ever show his cards. He's going to want Republicans to negotiate with ourselves. And that's what we have been doing. Mitch McConnell came up with a plan. The "Gang of Six"...

VAN SUSTEREN: You don't like Mitch McConnell's -- Senator McConnell's plan.

DEMINT: No, no. That's not what we were elected to do, make it easier to increase the debt limit.

(source: FOX Nation)

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