WASHINGTON -- One of the GOP's most conservative senators and a tea-party favorite, Jim DeMint of South Carolina, says the Republican Party will be "dead" if it fails to live up to its principles again.
DeMint has been critical of Republicans who he contends have not lived up to conservative values of limited government. He has long argued that when Republicans controlled Congress during the Bush administration, they spent and borrowed too much.
Amid predictions that the GOP will regain control of the House, DeMint says that if GOP lawmakers don't do what they say they'll do, if they are in the majority, in his words, "the Republican Party's dead."
DeMint made his comments in an interview aired Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."