February 27th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
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Senator calls Obama 'world’s best salesman of socialism'

For the second time in as many days, a prominent Republican has likened Pres. Obama's policies to socialism.
For the second time in as many days, a prominent Republican has likened Pres. Obama's policies to socialism.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Another prominent Republican told the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday that the president’s spending plans are pushing the country to the brink of socialism.

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, the only member of the senate to earn a perfect rating from the American Conservative Union, called President Obama “the world’s best salesman of socialism” on Friday in describing his prime time speech earlier this week.

DeMint, a fierce opponent of government expansion, told the CPAC crowd that conservatives might have to “take to the streets to stop America’s slide into socialism.”

His remarks comes a day after Mike Huckabee told the conference of conservative activists that “the Union of American Socialist Republics is being born” with the president’s stimulus package.

“Lenin and Stalin would love this stuff,” Huckabee said of the government bailing out financial institutions.


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  1. PATC

    99 thieves and then Jim Demint in the Senate.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  2. morons

    When are all of you idiots going to realize it WAS Obama and his Democratic party of "lets give any and everyone the American dream – knowing they can't afford it " that put us in the situation we are in today!!! Let's keep giving all of this money to those who don't/won't work for it and hopefully all of the lazy people in this country can have the big house and nice cars they see in the rap videos they sit at home and watch all day... when are you people going to wake up? I truly hope that he improves some things within the government of this great country, but spending more money than Bush did isn't the way to go... I guess we'll all just have to wait and see. All we're actually doing with this "bailout" is creating an even larger country of lazy people that will be getting in line for their handouts!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. Sniffit

    PLAYGROUND POLITICS

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  4. Patrick

    Why do all these anti-Obama-ites come from the deep south? Is this another legacy of the Civil War? ...

    I think so.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  5. Brad

    For those that expect Obama to fix this in one month – you're dreaming! This is a problem that has been building for over 30 years and no single term is gonna fix it. And for you that keep comparing our 'move to Socialism' like we are becoming China or Russia – don't be fools! There is a difference between socializing a few programs and becoming Communists, even if Anti-American Rush (he wants us to fail) is trying to tell you they are the same. Oh, and to the person that said Canadian 'socialism' failed? What is the only country right now without any failed banks – Canada!

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Rick

    President Pinociole stands up and tells one lie after another. "There's no earmarks in this bill", "There's no pork in this bill", "I will not appoint any lobbyists to my administration", "I didn't know Jeremiah Wright was a rascist", "republicans ran up the debt, but I won't(he has now tripled it)".etc, etc, etc.

    This guy makes Baghdad Bob blush.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. LivingLife

    Jim Demented is like so many other Repubs. Whine, whine, whine. Why weren't these so called public servants doing the job they were elected to do.......Protect the interests of the American People!! They don't give a flying fig about the people. It's all about power and politics.

    Keep up the good work President Obama. Thank God you were willing to take on the job of cleaning up this mess that the Bush criminals got us into.

    February 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Craig - Hastings, MN

    Another brain dead politician with a hooray for me and screw you "serfs" attitude.Doesn't surprise me that he's from the brain dead State of South Carolina. With "friends" like this clown who to hell needs enemies?

    February 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  9. Pat F

    Boy, Alicia and Thebe, you are SO post-racial!

    All Democrats can see the skin color. Steele is a "token"! DeMint is a "racist". Jindal and Steele are "hip-hop".

    Democrats = HYPOCRITS!

    February 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Mississippi Mike

    @ Pete

    Mcviegh is a real familiar name. Now what was the name of the Terrorist that is a great friend and mentor to Obama?

    February 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Ted:Canada

    the fact that some Republicans are using words like "socialism"
    lets you how out of date they are with the 21st century

    I know most of you don't have an education so it is not fair for me or others to call you STUPID!

    But you are STUPID!

    In Canada we have helath care for all – you would call us "socialists"
    yet our democracy, our freedom, our capitaism our ability to compete economically in the world is one of the best in the World

    You would call it "socialism" – we would call "understanding the 21st century.

    FEAR is not longer a tool in the 21century
    Education is!

    get an edcuation!

    February 27, 2009 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  12. Marc

    Virginia – Thanks to post the complete definition of 'socialism' according to the Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary. Now in answer to your question/affirmation, you forgot one thing – In socialist based governments, the property is taken by force, without any warning and consideration.
    Take a look at what has been happening in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador, THAT is socialism (or a very populist version of it).
    So far I can't see any hint that the current administration has the objective of erradicate the private ownership. OK, there's this thing with the banks but it's the same solution that Europe has been used on their banks, and like there, it's supposed to be a temporary situation.
    Do you have any proofs that it won't be?
    Like Huckabee and DeMint..., you don't seem to have any.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Justin

    Public schools schools? Social security? Medicare? Unemployment checks? We've been a socialist country for decades already. These fear mongering bums are confusing socialism with communism. They really don't know the difference, yet the fearful right wingers still follow them lock-step. It's really quite sad.

    Oh and to the guy who said socialism doesn't work, we're still nowhere near modern day europe when it comes to socialism. Western europe seems to be about as rich and well off as we have been, so you can't just flat out say socialism doesn't work. It's communism that doesn't work. These fear mongering conservatives really should learn the difference between the two.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  14. Sniffit

    Hey now...I'd have a beer with this guy...and when we were done, I'd crack the empty bottle over his ignorant dome.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  15. Ted:Canada

    the fact that some Republicans are using words like "socialism"
    lets you how out of date they are with the 21st century

    I know most of you don't have an education so it is not fair for me or others to call you STUPID!

    But you are STUPID!

    In Canada we have helath care for all – you would call us "socialists"
    yet our democracy, our freedom, our capitaism our ability to compete economically in the world is one of the best in the World

    You would call it "socialism" – we would call "understanding the 21st century.

    FEAR is not longer a tool in the 21century
    Education is!

    get an edcuation!

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  16. Common Sense Republican

    To: christi in canada

    If Canada is all that great, why do all of your rich come to US to have advanced medical care. And why, when I visited Toronto this last summer, there were billboards, everywhere, begging for people to come to "great" socialistic country as physicians. Why can't you keep your doctors in your country? And don't you think that there is a possibility that because you are a socialistic country that you are not as advanced or innovative as US?

    CNN i know that you disagree with me, but please post this- these are legitimate questions.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. Jodi, NC

    I guess the senator and other conservatives are oppsed to social security and medicare too. i wonder if they will refuse their social security checks and medicare benefits when they become eligible. I also wonder if the senator told anyone to return the "socialist" checks many americans received from the government when Pres. Bush was in office .

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. arnie

    I guess we wouldn't have to bail out th banks if your friends that you gave tax cuts to than wreck the economy. Better yet we wouldn't have to borrow tons of money to try to get back on track. It like a bank robbery and you handed them the gun. If Obama is going down the road of socilism the Republicans paved the way.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. james

    Doesn't the South Carolina flag still contain the flag of the Confederacy within it?? So DeMint would have the Facist States of America. He's got lots of cotton to plant down on the plantation. Maybe Huckabee could spare a few slaves to help him get'r'dun, while they could set back on the veranda sippin' mint juleps, watchin' all those darkies a sweatin' an toilin' in the noon day sun. How about South Carolina just succeed from the union, I'm sure they could make it fine all on their own. Anybody who agrees could just travel on down there, I'm sure the'll find lots to do, with one of the nation's highest unemployment rates. 'Dimwit's' got plenty uh field work for y'all!

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. A San Francisco non-believer

    And DeMint is a poster boy for stupidity. Oh sorry, that's an insult to all of the stupid people in the U.S. (many are the voters of S.C. for putting an imbecile like DeMint into office). hey, DeMint why don't you consult your bible to find the solution to our economic, energy, health care and education problems. Can't find anything there? That's it's based on the same pack of lies you espouse. Why don't you just your ignorant mouth!

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. New Yorker

    Ira – You are right about one thing, "Socialism calls for near or complete equality.." , and the problem with that is it discourages responsible living by penalizing people who work for a living and rewarding people who want to leech off of others' earnings. It's a very unfair system and has dire consequences.

    To the rest of you foolish bloggers, just because it's hot in the frying pan doesn't mean we should jump into the fire. I say bite the bullet: suffer the consequences of the financial market, even if it means a full blown depression, and start over again. It's better than losing our freedom.

    February 27, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  22. Ray Lawson from Danville, VA

    Some people seem to be surprised that President Obama is pushing such a socialist agenda. I guess they weren't paying attention during the last 2 years. Everyone had fair warning but they ignored it. I'm glad some of the republicans are finally waking up.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. JD

    Repubs think Socialism is so horrible – "take from the rich and give to the poor". I guess their alternative – "ignore the poor and give more to the rich" is democracy? If that's the defintion, I'll take the fairness of socialism. In both cases, the rich are still rich.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. Terry in Iowa

    This is simply irresponsible rhetoric and comes from the same place as McCarthyism. These aren’t leaders, but pathetic fear mongers.

    Over the last two administrations, 16 years, the Republicans have held the majority in the House for 12 (consecutive mind you); six of these with control of the White House. In the Senate, they held the majority for 10, four when they also held the White House.

    Democrats aren’t blameless, but give me a break. The facts are: our infrastructure has gone to hell. Our education system has fallen way behind. We handed our energy policy over to big oil. We neglected to go after those who are responsible for 911. We invaded a sovereign nation based on lies and ulterior motives. We deregulated the banking industry into oblivion. US Manufacturing industries are all but dead. Our health care system is crushing us. What have they been doing for the last two decades?

    I'll tell, you they have been masking and ignoring the real problems of this nation with the mantra of cut taxes, cut taxes. Yea that's worked real well. Have you checked the deficit lately?

    It’s time for all of them to put up or shut up.

    In my 46 years, I’ve never seen any politician work as hard or take on the job with so much personal responsibility and willingness to be held accountable, as I’ve seen in just Obama's first 30 days in office.

    So with all the respect due, Sen. DeMint and Mr. Huckabee, shut the hell up.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. RTinVA

    I'm so tired of hearing this. The Republican broke the government, bankrupted us economically and morally, and now they breed the same fear mongering with rhetoric straight from Karl Rove. They call the Obama administration socialists, but their ilk, caring only about power and policies that promote unbridled greed, would be quite comfortable as leaders of the Communist Party.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
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