March 5th, 2009
02:10 PM ET
11 years ago

House Republicans warn of socialism under Obama

Bachmann sounded the socialism alarm on Thursday.

Bachmann sounded the socialism alarm on Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Some Republicans in Congress are continuing to warn that President Obama is intent on turning the United States into a socialist nation.

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann pressed the socialism argument on Thursday, telling a conservative radio show that the Obama administration is "completely socializing the American economy" with its mortgage relief proposals and bailouts of financial institutions.

"What we've seen them do in the last five weeks is nothing short of a great leap forward toward than finalizing a place of socialism in American economic life," Bachmann told radio host G. Gordon Liddy. "We have never seen this level of socialism in the history of our country, and I think the American people would be floored when they understand the dramatic steps that Obama has taken for our future."

Bachmann called for a "a growth future, a prosperity future, a freedom liberty future."

"Will we be a country that will go forward with liberty, freedom and prosperity, or will we be a country that's mired in Eastern European, Western European doldrums, where freedom is limited and taxation remains high?," she asked.

Bachmann wasn't the only House Republican to say as much on Thursday.

Tennessee Rep. Zach Wamp, who is also running for governor in his home state, told MSNBC that the president's health care proposals represent "a fast march toward socialism."


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soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. Mike Mullin

    Why does cnn even cover this thank god for more substantive websites like politico huffpo etc. Cnn is becoming more irresponsible and less substantive.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  2. Stud

    Bachman is basically Palin's twin sister but a lot dumber.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  3. Roger

    Give Obama a chance he has his hands full, but I will give the man credit I have seen him more & he has worked harder than any president in recent history. It is going to take time, I do not agree with everything he has proposed but I trust that it will all work out. Keep in mind the previous 8 years which brought us all shame & put our nation in this disaster...The GOP is full of disgrace, they are all so negative & hate change.....

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  4. Roger

    Give Obama a chance he has his hands full, but I will give the man credit I have seen him more & he has worked harder than any president in recent history. It is going to take time, I do not agree with everything he has proposed but I trust that it will all work out. Keep in mind the previous 8 years which brought us all shame & put our nation in this disaster...The GOP is full of disgrace, they are all so negative & hate change.....

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. dont drop the soap Limbaugh

    Shes a joke.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  6. Irma in North Carolina

    Why cant the republicans just keep their mouth shut. Every time they open it they dig the hole deeper for them selves. Go join your dear Rush guy who is making matters worse for your party. Also take Sarah with you.

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  7. Jack in Florida

    Michelle Bachmann...........MN nightmare.............credibility at its finest!!!

    March 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Cherri Brown

    At least some Republican elected officials are returning to some basic conservative mantras, even though they just are no longer really relevant to where the world and our nation are in the scheme of things. Fortunately for Americans, Republican politics have taught us a very hard, but very lasting lesson and that is it speaks in stereotypes, biases, untruths, and at times, abject lies.

    March 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Tina

    Socialism is a non issue for me. Obama is just trying to fix the repugnants mess. Bush was a marxist. His way or off with your head... i'm glad he's gone and Obama's here.

    March 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  10. KC

    Marshall Law is next. The administration is already sounding the bell to mobilize troops for domestic problems. Wake up America before all our rights are gone and those millionaires on the Hill control our every thought.

    March 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. Jesus hypocrite hater

    Bachmann is great! Please keep voting for her. Palin/Bachmann 2012. Nyahahahahahah!

    March 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Cherri Brown

    At least some Republican elected officials are returning to some basic conservative mantras, even though they just are no longer really relevant to where the world and our nation are in the scheme of things. Fortunately for Americans, Republican politics have taught us a very hard, but very lasting lesson and that is it speaks in stereotypes, biases, untruths, and at times, abject lies.

    March 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Toole

    The Republicans will say and do anything to make themselves blameless. Dumb Idiots.

    March 5, 2009 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Cyrus

    why is this woman still in the office?

    March 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. Hnnh?

    Yeah Michelle, keep em coming... we need insurance that the GOP will be in the wilderness for a VERY long time.

    March 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  16. Sheri

    8 years of HELL is now showing up. What the H did former President Bush do to this country? I haven't a clue. Somebody tell me PLEASE!!!!!!

    March 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  17. Matt

    Bachmann, wake up and go back to school in Poli-Sci. You do live in a Democratic Socialist country. The fire department doesn't ask how much you pay in taxes before they fight the fire on your house do they? Twit.

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. Steve

    Repugs love to invoke the "S" word to to try and scare the bejeezus out of the American Public.

    "a growth future, a prosperity future, a freedom liberty future."

    Don't make me laugh! You mean a future like we had for the last eight years?? Where were the voices of the 'Borrow and Spend' crowd then?

    March 5, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  19. Tom

    pat/american first;

    You two are talking about Bush aren't you? No rights? You two are pretty narrowminded. Phsyically ill? Robots? Oh Please! your tearing me up! Stop! Too funny! Get real!

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. Kevin in Ohio

    Toole, ObamaMama, Floridakaye, and Nick....if you cant see that what we are headed toward is socialism, you a surely blind. Thank you, comrades, for voting for Obama and helping this country on its way to destruction.

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  21. Marc

    Yeah, I don't get why the dems voted this administration in. Socialism has been proven to be a poor economic institution time and again. We, conversely, have proven why capitalism is successful time and again. We, above all, should be the last ones to change from a system that has worked for decades. This not a change I can believe in. Really bad idea!

    March 5, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  22. Rick

    I think we should consider the ideas rep Bachmann has put forth to help our country. Oh, wait...she has not put forth any ideas.

    March 5, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  23. Conservative

    My fellow COMRADES. Welcome to the United Socialist Republics of Once America ! You will be told when to clap with the appropriate enthusiasm !!

    March 5, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  24. Jim, Burlington NC

    Still haven't met a Republican who can give me a correct definition of Socialism.

    Still meeting Republicans calling the POTUS the Messiha, gues they are the ones letting Rush Limp-baugh and Ann "adams apple" Coltier think and speak for them.

    And what's not to like about G. Gordon Liddy? Convicted felon, part of Nixon's inner circle, fan-boy of the Bushes...

    Only in America coupld a politicle party as twisted and morally bankrupt as the GOP could ever come to power.

    Poor marginlized regional political party that it is now...

    March 5, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  25. Some Guy

    Funny, my copy of the Constitution is missing the part where it specifies that the U.S. economic system must follow a capitalist rather than socialist model. Must have fallen out while George W. Bush was stomping on it. I'll let you know when I find it.

    March 5, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
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