Following profile from Senate Conservatives Fund website:
Greenville, S.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina), chairman of the Senate Conservatives Fund, endorsed Mike Lee for U.S. Senate in Utah. DeMint’s endorsement came Saturday evening, after Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was eliminated from the nominating process at the Utah State Nominating Convention.

DeMint’s endorsement for Lee was delivered at the convention through a video message that was played for the delegates before they cast their votes on the final ballot between Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater.

Senator DeMint knew it was unlikely Senator Bennett would make it through the convention but he waited to endorse Lee until Bennett’s elimination was official. “I thought it was important to let my colleague exhaust every option available before I endorsed anyone else,” said Senator DeMint. “Bob is a friend and I commend him for his service.”

Here is the transcript of the video message delivered by Senator DeMint endorsing Mike Lee:

Hello Utah Republicans. This is Senator Jim DeMint. I’m thrilled to join you as you cast an important vote that will impact Utah and the Nation.

First, let me extend my thanks to Senator Bob Bennett for his service to our country. He’s a friend and he’s made a real difference.

There is much to be done in the U.S. Senate to protect our freedoms. We need a Senator who is committed to balanced budgets, constitutional limits, and individual liberty. I believe that person is Mike Lee.

For Mike, the Constitution is not an abstract idea or a campaign slogan. He knows it is the road map for changing the course of our country. If Mike is nominated today, he will add his voice to the growing number of new Republicans who understand that protecting and defending the Constitution will restore the greatness of America.

I’m not here to tell you how to vote. I’m here to ask for your help. Please send Mike Lee to the Senate so he can join me in the fight for our future. Change in Washington really can begin in Utah. Thank you.

For the past year, Senator DeMint has been working through the Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) to help elect strong conservatives to the U.S. Senate. In addition to Mike Lee in Utah, SCF has backed several other Senate candidates this year, including Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, Marco Rubio in Florida, Chuck DeVore in California, Ken Buck in Colorado, and Rand Paul in Kentucky.

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