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Why did Sen. Jim DeMint quit the Senate? (+video)

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“Jim has been a source of inspiration for many of us who came to Washington to fight for our core conservative beliefs,” said Senator Lee in a statement. “He has shown that getting things done doesn’t have to mean abandoning your principles. For too long, he was a movement unto himself in the Senate, keeping the torch lit for free-market principles and limited government.”

But having built the ranks of conservatives in the Senate through his own advocacy and the "super political-action committee" that he founded, the Senate Conservatives Fund, he now enters a different role as the head of the nation’s largest and most prestigious conservative think tank.

In his new post at the Heritage Foundation, he won’t be able to orchestrate or participate in the same sort of direct political activity due to the foundation’s status as a tax-exempt organization

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