DeMint and Fla. Senate candidate raise money in SC

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint says he's "less confident" that Republicans can stop President Barack Obama's health care overhaul from passing now that it's down to a few votes.

But the South Carolina Republican said outside a campaign event Monday that he isn't backing down from his prediction last July that health care could be Obama's Waterloo. The comment propelled DeMint into the national spotlight among conservative activists.

DeMint says if health care legislation passes, other Obama agenda items will be harder to stop

DeMint toured South Carolina with a beneficiary of his newfound influence. Florida U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio and DeMint had joint fundraisers in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville.

Reporters were not allowed into the events.

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