DeMint, Paul, and Lee earn perfect Club for Growth scores

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Three Republican politicians received perfect scores Tuesday in the 2012 Club for Growth congressional scorecard: former Sen. of South Carolina, and Sens. of Kentucky and of Utah.

Marco Rubio of Florida, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin were three additional GOP senators to receive the anti-tax group’s “Defender of Economic Freedom” award, meaning they scored better than 90 percent for both the year and over the course of their careers.

Toomey is a former Club president, and DeMint is now president-elect of the conservative Heritage Foundation.

Positive scores are based on voting to cut marginal tax rates, lower and limit federal spending, reform entitlements and expand free trade. The Club for Growth often supports primary challenges for Republican officeholders it deems insufficiently conservative on fiscal policy.