“One of the things that’s hurt the so-called conservative alternative is saying negative things about Ron Paul,” DeMint told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. “I’d like to see a Republican party that embraces a lot of the libertarian ideas.”…

DeMint said he does not agree with the Texas congressman on everything, but that the rest of the GOP presidential field should capture some of what Paul’s been talking about for years because the Republican party “needs” the libertarian movement.

“You don’t have to agree with everything he’s saying but if the other candidates miss some of the wisdom about what he’s saying about monetary policy … that will be to our detriment,” DeMint said.