(THE HERALD) U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint brought high praise for the state’s freshman congressmen to Rock Hill on Wednesday and alluded to plans to get more involved in local politics after his second senatorial term expires in 2016.

DeMint has said – and reconfirmed to about 80 people at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek – that he doesn’t plan to run again.

When asked what he’ll do next, DeMint, who said he “will never retire” to applause, alluded to getting involved in local and state political efforts. “Washington is not going to save our country, ” he said.

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