Published November 11th, 2010 by

Jim DeMint uses win to tout ‘earthquake election’

By Liv Osby, staff writer, Greenville News

Published November 3, 2010, 2:16 AM

URL: [subscription]:

U.S. Senator Jim DeMint has won a second term, handily defeating Democrat Alvin Greene and Green Party candidate Tom Clements. The Associated Press called the race shortly after the polls closed at 7 p.m.

“They’ve already called several races. They called mine before the numbers came in,” DeMint said to cheering supporters who waved tiny American flags at the Westin Poinsett Hotel in his hometown of Greenville less than an hour after the polls closed.

With 89 percent of the precincts reporting, Republican DeMint had 63 percent of the votes.Greene, an unknown unemployed veteran who shocked the state by winning the Democratic Primary and was later indicted by a Richland County grand jury on obscenity charges, took 27 percent of the vote. He could not be reached for comment.

Clements, Southeast coordinator for Friends of the Earth and a public interest watchdog at the Department of Energy’s Savannah River Site, garnered 9 percent of the votes. He attributed his low numbers to the straight-party ticket voting system.

“I think a lot of Democrats voted straight party ticket without analyzing the ticket,” he said. “I heard from a lot of people that they voted for me.”Clements said DeMint’s early victory speech reflected “his arrogant attitude.”“One of the main concerns I’ve heard is that he took the voters for granted,” he said. “I think people will regret returning him to the Senate because he’s not representing South Carolina based on my experience campaigning across the state.”

DeMint, who served three terms as 4th District Representative before being elected to the Senate in 2004, ran on a conservative agenda that included cutting the federal deficit, smaller government and repealing the new health reform law.He predicted that his win would be part of a wave of Republican victories across the country.“

I don’t know that we’re going to win them all,” he said. “But I can almost feel the ground shaking, because there’s an earthquake election going on all over this country.”

DeMint said it was Republicans’ failures in recent years, as well as the Democrats, that stirred voter enthusiasm.“When we had the majority and the White House, we spent too much, blew up the earmarks, didn’t do what we said we were going to do,” he said.“By the end of the night, we will not just see a Republican majority in the House, but a new Republican — Republicans committed to doing what they say. And if they don’t do what they say this time, not only are they out, but the Republican Party is dead and it should be.”

In the coming days, DeMint said he’s willing to work with anyone in Washington “whose guide is the constitution and limited government.“But I’m not going to compromise,” he said. “If we can debate how many government programs to cut, how much to lower the debt, then I can work with you.”

Published November 2nd, 2010 by

COLUMBIA, SC —  Questions from voters who are accustomed to voting a straight ticket but want to vote for Clements for Senate have been coming into the campaign over the last days before the election.  According to Green Party candidate for US Senate, Tom Clements, voting straight ticket and then voting for him couldn’t be easier.“People keep asking me about voting for me if they prefer to vote a straight party ticket,” said Mr. Clements. “Many assume that you can’t vote a straight party ticket and then change your vote in a single race, but it’s actually very simple.”

Many voters are accustomed to selecting the quick option of voting for all candidates from one party, voting “straight party”,  rather than going through the ballot and voting for candidates one by one. What happens when you want to vote for someone from a third party or across party lines? Can you still vote a straight ticket?

The Clements campaign has received so many inquires about ticket-splitting, they are sending out instructions to voters, as follows, and are posting this on the campaign website, along with pictures of the ballot:

1. At the top of the first screen, you will see the option to “vote straight ticket.” If you want to vote mostly for candidates in one party, you may choose this option, even if you want to vote for Tom Clements or some other party candidate. Check off your party,  but don’t cast your ballot yet.

2. Use the NEXT box to go forward to the US Senate Race on page 3.

3. Check off Tom Clements at the top of the ballot for US Senate.

4. Make sure that the box for Clements is checked.

5. To finalize your vote, hit the big green VOTE button to the top RIGHT above the voting screen.

Your votes will be recorded, including your vote for Tom Clements.


“It’s not at all complicated to vote straight party and then vote for me,” Mr. Clements has been telling supporters. He adds: “It’s a good idea to vote separately for each office, but if you want to vote a straight ticket, you can do that and afterwards easily change your vote in any particular race.”

The South Carolina Election Commission is expected to issue a news release in the coming days about how to vote, which should clarify just how easy it is to initially vote straight party and then go to each race and vote for a candidate of another party.

For additional information, call 803-312-0055; or visit Tom’s website at or
See the Clements For Senate You Tube Channel at

Published October 30th, 2010 by

The Rock Hill Herald: Clements for Senate

Green Party candidate Tom Clements offers a viable alternative in this race.


Published: Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 / Updated: Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 11:44 PM

In the race for U.S. Senate, we endorse Green Party candidate Tom Clements.


Third-party candidates are playing a central role in a number of high-profile races this year, and in South Carolina’s Senate race, we think Clements deserves the attention of voters.

His appeal is bolstered by issues with the two other candidates running this year. Alvin Greene, as much of the nation is aware, was the surprise winner of the Democratic senatorial primary. His campaign can be dismissed as sadly inadequate.

Incumbent Sen. Jim DeMint is the prohibitive favorite in this race. But while he is popular with many voters, his extreme views go too far for a large segment of South Carolinians.

Clements has never run for office before or been involved in any party’s politics before. But he is no stranger to public service. He was approached by state Green Party members in large part because of his role as a nationally known environmental advocate and expert on nuclear power issues.

A Georgia native, Clements became the Southeastern coordinator for Friends of the Earth in Columbia in 2008. In that capacity, he focuses on issues related to nuclear power and nuclear waste, and is the public interest watchdog over the Department of Energy’s Savannah River site.

He worked for 13 years with Greenpeace International and for three years as the executive director of the Nuclear Control Institute in Washington, D.C.. He has extensive foreign policy experience as a leading nuclear antiproliferation advocate.

While the environment, and global warming in particular, is his area of expertise, he also is fluent on a number of other critical issues, including the need to support small businesses, preserving Social Security, supporting education, making health care available to all Americans and ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Clements is a thoughtful and articulate advocate for a variety of causes supported by many South Carolina voters, particularly those issues involving preservation of our precious natural resources. Clements, we think, would represent the interests of the state well in the Senate.

Sen. DeMint also boasts the support of a large segment of the state’s voters, perhaps even a majority. This time around, however, he seems to be taking that support for granted. DeMint has spent next to no time or money campaigning in the state on his own behalf, choosing instead to barnstorm the country on behalf of tea party candidates in other states.

While his goal is to elect more senators who think like he does, that effort comes at the expense of spending time in his home state, making the case to South Carolinians as to why he should represent the state for the next six years.

DeMint is entitled to feel secure that a large percentage of the state’s voters — and many other Americans — share his conservative views. But clearly, some of his views are so radical that he has estranged himself from many, even including some Republican colleagues in the Senate.

For example, many of his supporters are pro-life, as he is. But how many Republicans share his view that abortion is wrong even in the case rape or incest?

Many, like DeMint, might oppose same-sex marriage. But do they share his view that gays and unwed single mothers are unfit to teach in the classroom?

Many, like DeMint, might oppose most congressional earmarks as pork-barrel spending. But do they oppose, as he does, an earmark that would provide $400,000 to study the dredging of the Port of Charleston, which could be crucial if the port is to capitalize on traffic from a widened Panama Canal beginning in 2014?

South Carolina’s other U.S. senator, Lindsey Graham, by the way, sponsored the earmark for the study.

Some of DeMint’s stances have been an outright embarrassment to the state.

Most recently, DeMint opportunistically jumped on the firing of NPR/Fox News analyst Juan Williams to introduce a bill to cut off all federal funding for National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting Service. In fact, NPR was well within its rights as an employer to fire Williams over his ill-chosen remarks regarding his fears about sharing a plane with people in Muslim garb. NPR also had warned him on a number of occasions about a possible conflict of interest in his working for the two organizations.

Those radical views will make him a major cause of gridlock regardless of which party controls Congress. DeMint’s goal is to promote an uncompromising brand of conservatism that shuns the common ground in favor of ideological purity.

Congress doesn’t need more rancor and partisan divisiveness. It needs members from both parties who are capable of working together for the common good.

In this race, Clements and DeMint are the only viable candidates. We think, however, that Clements would, ultimately, be a more effective advocate for the interests of this state.

Published October 26th, 2010 by

For Release: October 26, 2010

COLUMBIA, SC —  U.S. Senate candidate Tom Clements of the S. C. Green Party condemned Jim DeMint’s acceptance of corporate donations from British Petroleum (BP), saying “DeMint’s taking money from BP shows he’s in bed with the dirty industry Congress is supposed to regulate. DeMint has sold out to the highest bidder and stands with polluting companies against the environment and working people.”

A recent report published by the Climate Action Network found that leading European polluters are giving donations to members of the U.S. Senate who deny the reality of climate change. According to the report, DeMint received $13,000 this year alone from European companies known to oppose climate legislation in the European Union. Among others, DeMint received $1,000 from BP.

The report stated that the donations appear to be a coordinated effort by major European polluters:

“Big European emitters Lafarge GDF-Suez, EON, BP, BASF, BAYER, Solvay and Arcelor-Mittal supported climate change deniers in the US Senate in 2010 for $107,200. Their total support for senators blocking climate change legislation in the US amounts to $240,200, which is almost 80% of their total spending in the 2010 Senate race. This is why those funds are seen as systemic. This amount is higher than the same type of spending of the most notorious U.S. climate denier and Tea Party funder: Koch Industries ($217,000).”

The aforementioned Koch Industries gave DeMint $10,000 in the current election cycle. He also received the following European corporate contributions:

  • Bayer: $5,000
  • BASF: $2,000
  • LaFarge: $5,000
  • BP: $1,000

In the aftermath of the Gulf disaster, DeMint acted in the Senate to block S.3462, a bill which would have given subpoena power to the commission set up to investigate the BP oil spill. The bill had previously passed the House with the support of 169 Republicans, but DeMint used parliamentary maneuvering to keep it from reaching the floor of the Senate. Footage of DeMint stopping the legislation on June 30, two months into the spill can be found here.

News of the European campaign contributions comes as new BP executive, Bob Dudley, reportedly called reaction to the spill “scaremongering.” According to the Financial Times of London on October 25, BP CEO Dudley blamed industry rivals for “rushing to judgement” over the spill.  At the time of the spill and for weeks after, BP executives insisted that 5,000 barrels per day was the best estimate of oil leakage. Government scientists put the spill at 68,000 barrels per day.

“It is clear that if Jim DeMint has his way, we’ll never know the true extent of the oil disaster and its causes,” said Clements. “My opponent is willing to cover up the extent of BP’s wrongdoing. He will block sensible, effective regulations against and take donations from the very companies we should be protected against. South Carolina’s coast is particularly vulnerable. I vow to defend our environment from corporate polluters like BP, who caused the disaster in the Gulf and created a nightmare for working families who live there.”


For additional information, call 803-312-0055; or visit Tom’s website at or

See the Clements For Senate You Tube Channel at


* YouTube: DeMint blocks subpoena power of oil spill investigation committee

* Reuters: BP CEO slams media, rivals for stoking spill fears

* Guardian: Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters

* Think Globally, Sabatoge Locally: How and why European companies are funding climate change deniers and anti-climate legislation voices in the 2010 U.S. Senate race

Published October 21st, 2010 by

If you are a Democrat or a Republican and you normally vote a straight ticket, you can still vote for Tom Clements for U.S. Senate!

Here’s how:

1. At the top left of the first screen, you will see the option to  ”vote straight ticket” (figure 1, highlighted below). If you want to vote a straight ticket, select this option, but DON’T cast you ballot yet!…
2. Use the “Next” box to go forward to the U.S. Senate Race on Page Three.
3. Check Off TOM CLEMENTS at the top of the ballot for U.S. Senate (figure 2, highlighted below).
4. Make sure that the box for Clements is checked.
5. To finalize your vote, hit the big Green vote button to the top Right above the voting screen.

This way, all your votes will be recorded: a straight ticket and a vote for Tom Clements for Senate.