This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," Sept. 16, 2010. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, if you think the Democrats have problems? Have you heard what's going on with the Republicans tonight? And is Senator Jim DeMint one of the chief instigators? We went to Capitol Hill to get you the inside story.
VAN SUSTEREN: Senator, nice to see you, sir.
SEN. JIM DEMINT, R-S.C.: Hey, Greta. It's good to be with you.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, what's the story? What's going on in your party? Because we hear about this meeting yesterday among the Senate Republicans. Seems like there's a little dissension within.
DEMINT: No. The primaries are over. I've never seen us more united. We...
VAN SUSTEREN: I don't buy that!
DEMINT: Oh, it's true! And we...
VAN SUSTEREN: Oh, come on! Senator Brown was complaining, I heard, in the meeting that there was not enough attention paid to the moderate conservatives.
DEMINT: Well, we're united now.
VAN SUSTEREN: OK.
DEMINT: And I'll tell you, there -- obviously, some mixed signals after the last primary. But Greta, we are united behind a positive slate of candidates. I've never been more excited about people who will come into the Senate. They're believing in those common sense principles of less spending, less debt and less government takeovers, the things that Americans are saying. So I think that we're going to have an earthquake election in November because only the Republicans are going to be speaking for this vast group of Americans who want to stop this nonsense.
VAN SUSTEREN: Are you, though, so cheerful about it or so happy about it because, in essence, you're sort of winning? I mean, you hit a lot of - - you hit the right numbers in a lot of these races...
VAN SUSTEREN: ... in terms of your endorsements. So it's sort of, like -- it's easy for you to be happy. The guys who were supporting, for instance, Representative Castle in Delaware, they might not quite feel as jubilant as you do.
DEMINT: Well -- right. It's not unusual after primaries to have your feelings hurt. Not all of the candidates I supported won. But I'm supporting everyone on the Republican ticket now, and I know Mitch McConnell is and John Cornyn. Our whole party is. And we're out working. You know, Christine O'Donnell raised over a million dollars in the last 24 hours. America's with her and -- so it's going to be an interesting election.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, you say America's with her. She needs Delaware to be with her.
VAN SUSTEREN: Right. Delaware more than America, at least at this round. You endorsed her.
VAN SUSTEREN: You brought her up. How much did you vet her ahead of time? I mean, what did you know about her before you endorsed her?
DEMINT: Well, I've -- I've talked with her a lot, and I know that she's going to vote for a balanced budget and repealing "Obama care," term limits, getting rid of earmarks. So what I'm concerned about what she's going to do when she's get her -- gets here. But I also know -- I've served with Mike Castle. He's a good friend and he's a great man. But we're not going to appeal to America with Republicans who've supported a lot of the Obama/Pelosi agenda.
If we're running with Mike Castle and Arlen Specter and Charlie Crist, there's not going to be the energy that we see now. But you're running with a Pat Toomey and a Marco Rubio and a Rand Paul and a Sharron Angle -- I mean, we've got a great slate of candidates now that I think reflect where America is. And so we've got common sense conservatives who are going to win in every state they're running. I think there's not a state that we don't have a chance to win right now.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Have you spoken to her since she won?
DEMINT: I did speak to her the night she won.
VAN SUSTEREN: What'd you say to her and what'd she say to you?
DEMINT: Well, I just said, Congratulations, I'm proud of you. I'm honored to be a small part of it and looking forward to calling you senator. And so we're going to do everything we can to help. We put her on Senateconservatives.com yesterday and we've raised about $150,000 for her. She raised a million on her site. And I'm going to raise money for her all the way up to the end. If she has the money to get out her message, she's going to win.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, we -- apparently, this tape of you and Senator Cornyn passed each other yesterday, a very brief one, about 10 seconds. And what's your relationship with Senator Cornyn right now? Because you guys have been on a little different side of this election.
DEMINT: He's a great friend and he's a great part of a good leadership team here in Washington. And we were on different sides of primaries, but we agreed all the way through that good, competitive primaries are good for the party. Americans need to know that Republicans are offering different choices so they can have the pick that they want. But the primaries are over. John Cornyn and I, we're on the same team. He's leading our Senate committee and I'm 100 percent behind him.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right. There's a quote that -- and I don't want to get this wrong, very careful (INAUDIBLE) that you're interested in gridlock, if you can't...
DEMINT: That was...
VAN SUSTEREN: Explain...
DEMINT: ... misquote of Bloomberg's...
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, explain that -- all right, what happened?
DEMINT: I was conveying (ph) talking to businesses, a lot of businesses. And actually, this quote came from a group of Obama supporters in Chicago. And we were -- I was talking about raising money for Republicans around the country. And they said, If you can just keep our tax rates the same, the best thing that could happen out of this next Congress is two years of gridlock.
And what they were telling me is, We need some certainty and predictability. We don't need to be guessing every week what the federal government's going to do to us. So if I know what my tax rate's going to be and I know that the government's not going to pass anything else that's going to hurt me or cost me more money, then we can invest and hire people. But right now, they don't know what's going to happen next week with this administration.
So I don't want gridlock. That's not what I've worked for when I've - - I've been here. But I certainly don't want a Congress that's on some kind of rampage of trying to micromanage our economy.