Not So Fast: Sen. DeMint Claims Toomey Is Mainstream

April 29, 2009 1:09 pm ET

On April 28, 2009 Sen. Jim DeMint said former Congressman Pat Toomey "is one of the most mainstream Americans I know."  A quick glance at Toomey's right-wing record begs the question: Exactly how many Americans does Jim DeMint actually know?

How Many Americans Does Jim DeMint Actually Know?

Sen. Jim DeMint: "Pat Toomey, who is running in Pennsylvania, is one of the most maintream Americans I know." [CNN, 4/29/09]

Pat Toomey Is Far From Mainstream

Toomey Served As President/CEO Of The Ultra-Conservative 'Club For Growth.' [CFG Release, 4/13/09]

The American Conservative Union Gave Toomey A Grade Of...

100% in 2004

92% in 2003

100% in 2002

100% in 2001

95% in 2000

92% in 1999

... But That's Not How Mainstream Americans Feel.

Poll: Only 35% Of Americans Consider Themselves Conservatives, While 62% Consider Themselves Either Liberal Or Moderate.  According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 35% of respondents indentified themselves as conservatives, while a total of 62% identified themselves as politically liberal or moderate.  [Washington Post/ABC News poll, 4/28/09]

In Congress, Toomey Voted Along Party Lines, Voting With Republicans...

98% in 2004

94% in 2003

96% in 2002

93% in 2001

92% in 2000

91% in 1999

[CQ Voting Studies, accessed 4/29/09]

... But That's Not How Mainstream Americans Feel.

Poll: Only 21% Of Americans Identify Themselves As Republicans.  According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, only 21% of Americans currently indentify themselves as members of the Republican Party. [Washington Post/ABC News poll, 4/28/09]

Toomey Wrote An Op-Ed Criticizing The Obama Administration On Spending, The Budget Deficit And Taxes... [Washington Times, 4/29/09]

 ... But That's Not How Mainstream Americans Feel.

 Poll: A Majority Of Americans Approve Of President Obama's Handling Of Fiscal Issues. According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll, 58% of Americans approve of President Obama's handing of the economy, 51% approve of the President's handling of the federal budget deficit, and 56% approve of the President's handling of taxes.   [Washington Times, 4/29/09]

 

 

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