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. Chris

    Republicans using the S-word again....BIG SURPRISE. Shall we stick with the same as the last 8 years then?

    February 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  2. Paula

    Fear-mongering almost got us Sarah Palin as VP!! Offer solutions or keep it shut.

    February 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. johnrj08

    OK. Let's outlaw Social Security. Let's eliminate the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. Who needs the FBI, CIA or FDIC? Forget FEMA and the SBA. And let's cut out those scientific grants that enable searches for cures to terrible diseases and new technologies that might have improved our continued survival on the planet. Anything that the federal government does is an evil Marxist plot designed to subvert the American way of life and destroy capitalism. Yeah, we'll show those Lenin and Stalin guys. And, in the meantime, we can all start getting used to living in a Third World country. Who votes for these guys?

    February 27, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  4. Mr. Jonathan

    Those silly Republicans.
    Anytime money is spent on important infrastructure, and social programs, they have to cry "socialism."
    Do they even know what this country would be like if prior "socialist" programs had never existed?
    I guess that they dont care about having an 8 hour work week, or medicare, or social security, or fair pay for a honest days work, or roads to drive on, or bridges to cross, or unemployment insurance when they lose a job. I could go on for hours.
    The same old song and dance was done leading up to the Great Depression. It was the Republican party that argued for months with FDR about "socialist" legislation. They argued that our country would become socialist if these programs were enacted. Their stalling of needed relief was what made unemployment raise to 25% during that time. Their policies hindered needed relief then, and they are at it again!!!! They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.
    The fact is that conservatives have little to no vision. Change comes slowly to them, if it comes at all. It seems that the deep south GOP senators just dont get it. They tout concepts that explain why putting money into their states will only cause problems. I call it LAZINESS!
    Too lazy to handle the projects their states need. To lazy to come up with any real plans. The GOP is in its death throes. As long as idiots like Jim DeMint keep sounding off "socialism" as an excuse for opposing needed reinvestment, the GOP will continue to wither away, like the whig party did.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Joyce Becker

    Jim DeMint doesn't have a clue what he is talking about, he is so narrow in his thinking. He is out of touch with the times we are living in, Republican policies of 'give to the rich and it will trickle down to the poor' just won't work and never has, he will never get the message with his closed mind. At least President Obama is trying different ways of getting capitalism to work to help the country. I wish they would study what socialism and communism really is before they spread their fear tactics around for the uneducated to chew on, it really shows his ignorance.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. Johan Bc Canada

    Fundamentalist fear mongering, How to start a theocracy. They appeal to the not-so-well educated, to those who like the simplicity and comfort of being brainwashed. Even in this world-wide crisis they feel they have the luxury of playing politics, of obstructing those who are chosen to rebuild,

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  7. Andi

    What a joke! Yeah, I hope the GOP does 'take it to the streets' to warn people about the upcoming conversion to socialism. I'd actually pay money to watch that. As if they knew any 'streets' in their home states!

    And Huckabee's 'Lenin and Stalin would love this' shows his lack of education – Lenin and Stalin were Communists. Socialism is an economic system. Neither of those brutal dictators supported socialism, per se, they used the theories to 'sell' themselves to the people, but as we all know, they did not take care of anyone but themselves. If it had been Socialism, they wouldn't have had to 'purge' millions of their own people.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  8. jim Cal

    People wanted this guy because people don't want responsibility. They want someone else, like government to take care of it. You can see it happening with our schools, laws, and youths. They are going to get what they voted for. I hope they be happy, I think not. I didn't vote for him.

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  9. JJ in FL

    Seems like "SOCIALISM" is the biggest buzzword among conservatives...

    I think that the Obama administration needs an all-out marketing campaign to combat this rhetoric coming from the far-right.

    Obama needs to convey to the public just what "socialism" actually means... and then display to the public why what he's doing is NOT by definition socialism.

    The democrats neither WANT nor advocate "socialism." They're not trying to control the means of production, or have full government control over all all of the aspects of the economy– all they/we are advocating is to have better OVERSIGHT... better REGULATION... so that the economy doesn't take another downward spiral like this again. As for nationalizing of banks and such– the administration would have TEMPORARY control over SOME institutions– not total control over every aspect of banking. HUUUUGE difference. Regulation and better oversight is NOT the same as "socialism"!!!

    To the Rush's and the Sean's and the far-right dittoheads out there... Obama is NOT a socialist!!! Left of center, yes, but no, not a socialist! Empty– but dangerous– rhetoric, coming from the left!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  10. Bret

    Memo to GOP- Your days of selling fear are over. You are now irrelevant.

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  11. RSF750

    Let's count the number of Republican Senators that have refused the socialist stimulus package money for their state. Ready...set...go...and the count is....zero!

    Two-faced sons of b...

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  12. Annette

    And....what is the GOP; world's most pitiful loser?

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  13. An American

    Why don't you people stop saying Republicans got us into this. They did not do it alone and actually the democrates were the cause of the "majority" of our problems. If you think Sweden and socialism is so great then go live there. We are "Americans" and we have enjoyed our freedom under Capitalism and that is the way it should stay. I do not want government to control us that is for sure and I don't believe anyone else does either – that is if they could just get thier heads on straight and think for themselves. God help us.

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Ken

    Psychologists can probably explain what it is that makes idealogues morph into demagogues, but it is happening to the GOP on a large scale.

    It's kind of humorous to see the specific kind of ire directed at the President from the former slave states. It sort of sounds like they're starting to build a new case for secession . . .

    February 27, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Phil

    If what this yahoo is "selling" is more years of the plutocratic, aristocratic gibberish we have heard from the republicans since reagan (made more perfect under republican stewardship during bush) then I WELCOME "socialism" with the sounding of loud trumpets!!

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  16. Where is the OUTRAGE when in 2001 GW BUSH gave 1.35 trillion dollars in TAX CUT to the RICH & CORPORATE AMERICA

    To the republiklans, "socialism" is the new word for "terrorism"!

    The republiklan party and it's group of bigoted & hateful leaders are sooo out of touch with the american people and are back with their demagoguery of calling people names, of whom they despise and are "Unamerican" to their hillybilly sensibilities!

    What's new? – They've alienated blacks, hispanics, arabs, moslems, and are now calling our beloved president Barack Obama a socialist!

    Is this the party of Reagan or Rush Limbaugh & Sean Hannity?!

    ****Reagan will be turning in his grave and closing his ears to the words of these political hatemongers*****

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. nadine

    Why is everyone blaming busy- this housing mismanagement happened on Clintons watch, not bushs, it spiraled on bush's watch and he did nothing to save it. Republican spending - it was more like the Republicans becoming like Democrats that caused spending to burst out of control, and now since the Democrats are in office, spending is OK with everyone - think about what you are saying - when the Republicans were in office under Clinton, was there not a surplus, and tax cuts - yes, plus the Repulbicans halted all the spending that the government (Clinton - Democrat) wanted to do, which helped to balance the budget - Then Republicans became like Democrats and engaged in spending, government grew and now we have Obama. Pay attention to HISTORY people

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. nadine

    Why is everyone blaming busy- this housing mismanagement happened on Clintons watch, not bushs, it spiraled on bush's watch and he did nothing to save it. Republican spending - it was more like the Republicans becoming like Democrats that caused spending to burst out of control, and now since the Democrats are in office, spending is OK with everyone - think about what you are saying - when the Republicans were in office under Clinton, was there not a surplus, and tax cuts - yes, plus the Repulbicans halted all the spending that the government (Clinton - Democrat) wanted to do, which helped to balance the budget - Then Republicans became like Democrats and engaged in spending, government grew and now we have Obama. Pay attention to HISTORY people

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  19. Lou

    This man doesn't really know what socialism is. This isn't it... at least not yet. You'd think more people would know the difference. Then they wouldn't be so afraid of Obama (who is harmless, by the way).

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  20. james

    As a US citizen and former republican who voted for Bush, I would take socialism over ignorant denial-ism and Bush-ism any day. Yea, let's just cut taxes and everything will be peachy. Give me a freakin break! Republicans have zero credibility and I'm surprised there are any left.

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  21. Ray Fisher

    I think the Republicans are preparing to declare mental bancruptcy as they are stuck with the fear mongering as their last resort!!! The President is merely attempting to crawl out of the hole they created which requires tons of money at present, but socialism is more akin to the actions of the last days of the Bush administration. Bailouts are more socialistic than investing in new ideas. Within a year or two I predict we will have start new industries manufacturing products utilizing new energy technologies.

    February 27, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  22. Ken from missouri

    Senator I think it's very stupid for you to call people to the street because the government did something for the people I never heard
    a party critize a bill that helped it's people so much I guess if it were for the top 1 percent it would have been alright.

    February 27, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  23. Grog in Ohio

    Wow... some serious whining going on. Oddly, not one alternative solution offered.

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  24. George

    Once again another southern Republican politician opens up his mouth to spew absurd accusations based on fear. It appears that purveying fear is all these extreme conservatives have to offer to the American people. They offer no solutions to fix health care, unemployment, rising fuel prices other than invoke fear at every opportunity. The American public are no longer buying into this after 8 yrs of constant fear mongering. As for Huckleberry Hick perhaps he should consider running for president for the "Union of American Extremist Conservative Republics".

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  25. Michael Polito

    Obama clearly has a Marxist temperment: he has spent a ton on these giant spending bills, and so he has to own them. Obama's left-wing vision will turn America into Europe: and what is Europe? An irrelevant, failed left-wing joke. All of Europe- from the former USSR to Britian: it crumbling under the leftists. Bush's spending was bad, no question, but that is no argument for even more!

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
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