August 25th, 2010
03:43 PM ET
4 years ago

Dems call Miller an 'extremist'

Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller as an ‘extremist.’
Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller as an ‘extremist.’

(CNN) – The Senate Republican primary race in Alaska still isn't over, but Democrats are moving fast to define Joe Miller - the previously unknown attorney who is on the verge of upsetting incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski.

In a statement Wednesday, DSCC Communications Director Eric Schultz described Miller as "an extremist who intends to transition-out Social Security, phase-out Medicare, and end unemployment benefits for all Alaskan families."

"Joe Miller seems more intent on imposing a strict social doctrine to please his out-of-state tea party backers but would leave the people of his state high and dry. Alaskans deserve a Senator who will stick up for them in the United States Senate," Schultz added.

The Anchorage Daily News reported last month that Miller has called for phasing out government Medicare and Social Security, as well as nixing the federal Department of Education.

"The only answer [to cut spending] is to return our federal government to the limits prescribed by our Constitution," Miller says on his Web site. "Federal powers not specified in the Constitution are reserved to the States by the 10th Amendment."

Miller, a graduate of West Point and Yale Law School, holds a slim lead over Murkowski with about 15,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted. Miller benefitted highly from the support of the Tea Party Express and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.


Filed under: 2010 • Alaska • DSCC • Joe Miller
soundoff (117 Responses)
  1. NC

    Miller sounds like a nut. Why use a fancy word for what he is.

    August 25, 2010 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  2. Marcus

    Ric – Generalizations are the lowest way to try to win an argumentation. YES there are extremists among the liberals as much as there are among the conservatives.
    NONE of them helps to do ANYthing for the good and future of the USA, simply because they don't understand that the 'other side' has the WHOLE right to disagree with them. In fact, they don't understand what those (on the Right and Left) that 'supposedly' are in the same branch of ideology than themselves DO NOT follow their strategies/plans of actions and such...
    THE MAJORITY of Liberals and Conservatives will never ever change their points of view, BUT agree that 'something good' can/may come up from the 'other side' every now and then. And are ready to listen or get informed about that 'something good' before making an opinion about it.
    So stop with your 'hollier/smarter than thou' attitude. It's counterproductive.

    August 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    REG in AZ: THANK YOU!!!!!!!

    Your analysis is completely correct! Republicans, who have only tried-and-failed policies to offer our country, have used fear, ignorance, hatred and division to try to scare people into voting for them.

    We all know what kind of world Republicans want to create: Destroy the Middle Class and turn the United States into a third-world country, dominated by the wealthy few. The right-wing religious faction would love for us to be a theocracy, with religious police (a la Saudi Arabia) keeping the masses in line.

    Do we really want that, folks? Use your heads! It's pretty plain what the Republicans want for us – and it's not pretty, it's not right, it's not American!

    Come November, Vote for America = Vote Democratic

    August 25, 2010 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  4. David the "Leming"

    Hey gt,

    If you are going to call liberals "stupid" and accuse them of following Obama like a bunch on "lemings", you may want to at least learn how to properly spell the word...

    Thanks,
    David the Lemming

    August 25, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  5. honestmistake

    What is extreme about getting rid of the Dept of Education. Education is controlled at the state level. Why pay to have a huge bureaucracy that has no necessary function.

    August 25, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. johnnyhouse

    It really galls to hear this depression compared to the 1929 thing.Look back at the thousands of pictures taken form 1929 till 1946 when it ended.The fat people hid somewhere or there were none or very few around.We can make it a while on the extra we have around our middle.

    August 25, 2010 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. November reckoning

    Now come the dishonest Democrat smears. It's all they know how to do, except lie, which they excel at as well.

    August 25, 2010 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    You morons on this blog didn't even know who the man was yesterday and then get on here and decry him as an extremist lunatic because you read one article. Do you not realize you are pawns of the press? Go research and you'll see the media thought Sarah Palin was great until she suddenly got the nod from McCain. Suddenly, they were scared to death of her (she was a threat to Obama) and went on a smear campaign that continues to this day. I personally don't know which to believe because the same media that makes her out to be an idiot now once made her out to be wonderful. The same thing applies for Mr. Miller. I for one, will make no comment on this man until I see what he really stands for instead of letting other people think for me.

    August 25, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. guest

    If Miller wins, God help us all. Sarah Palin's endorsement of him is clear to us Alaskans as a personal vendetta against the Murkowski familly Her posts on facebook make this very clear. She is childish and vindictive and will never be the "lady" that Lisa Murkowski is. It is sickening to me that kind of beharior might be placed in a national office (which is what she has been after even before running for governor). As I am a Democrat Lisa is one of the few Republicans I have crossed over to vote for.

    Also, when I moved to Alaska almost 70 years ago, there were NO roads, NO infrastructure and only rudimentary airports. Ted Stevens helped bring us in from the iron age to become a modern state. There was a great necessity for all the earmarks he accomplished for us. No other state or territory had such great needs and that is why is thought of so highly here today.

    August 25, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Da Professor

    Ah Mr. Miller - you smack of good ole Sarah Palin before she got her butt handed to her.

    August 25, 2010 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Michael1959

    You can tell the demoRATS are afraid whenever they try to scare the voters. The demoRATS can't run on their accomplishments because there are none. In November throw the demoRATS out like the trash that they are. Then in two years the ringmaster of this sorry circus can go.

    August 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Thank you to REG in AZ for your attempt at educating people. Sadly, look no further than the uneducated comments on this thread as an indicator of the damage that has been done, and the uphill battle that awaits in trying to help people understand. Americans have become so stupid and gullible, that it's surprising we haven't been invaded and taken over by Bermuda yet.

    August 25, 2010 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  13. Sherry

    If this guy makes his way to Washington, DC, he will become just like all the other congress people there - just wait!

    August 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  14. Captain Awesome

    Here comes the hate from the left. Instead of considering any ideas on an intellectual level, all you libs can do is call names. Let's remind the American people that it's the dumocrats that have been in power for four years now and the economy has been slowly dying since they seized power in 2006. If we don't do anything to veer from our current course, Medicare and Social Security will die anyway.

    August 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  15. CK in SD

    if the shoe fits...

    August 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  16. Ann

    Teabaggers and Republicans got their strategy straight from one of the best liars in this country and he was incredibly EVIL. Yep, Adolph Hitler. Here's just one of his quotes that is the mission for all GOPers: "Make the lie big, make it simple, keep saying it, and eventually they will believe it."

    August 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    People who vote Republican: You do realize that unless you're wealthy, Repubs will say and do anything to get you to vote for them – and then promptly forget about you.

    You do realize that Repubs laugh at the average American as not only a fool, but as someone they can manipulate into voting against their own best interest.

    You do realize that Repubs don't give a rat's behind about anyone except their wealthy cronies and their special interests buddies.

    You do realize this, right?

    August 25, 2010 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  18. Terry from West Texas

    Here is a litmus test of Conservatism. Liberals supported each of the items listed below and Conservatives opposed every one of them.

    The abolition of slavery
    Anti-lynching laws (Conservatives argued that anti-lynching laws violated their states’ Constitutional rights.)

    The 8 hour workday
    The 40 hour work week
    Free public education
    Giving the vote to minorities
    Giving the vote to women
    Equal rights for minorities
    Equal rights for women
    Equal pay for minorities
    Equal pay for women
    Unions and collective bargaining
    Workplace safety regulations
    The minimum wage
    Every single proposed increase in the minimum wage
    Overtime pay
    Desegregation of public schools and colleges
    Desegregation of public facilities (public transportation, airports, bus stations, etc.)

    Desegregation of private facilities (private colleges, restaurants, stores, housing, employment, etc.)

    Desegregation of the Armed Services
    Child health care programs
    Abortion rights and availability
    Child labor laws
    Affordable day care
    Laws against sexual harassment in the workplace
    Equal treatment of women in the workplace
    Fair hiring practices
    Clean air regulations
    Clean water regulations
    Ending dependency on foreign oil
    Higher wages anywhere, anytime, for anybody
    Medicare
    Medicaid
    Social Security
    Any effort to deal with global warming
    Any effort to end the current recession
    Any effort to re-regulate corporate behavior
    Family Leave
    Maternity Leave

    Give yourself 2 points for each item that you personally oppose. If you are a true conservative, your score should be over 70.

    August 25, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  19. Joshua Ludd

    Funny... its never news when a Republican calls a Democrat an extremist.

    August 25, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  20. Donkey Party

    To "November Reckoning" – why do you call Democrats lairs? Because they use Miller's comments against him??? Because they use Angle's comments against her??? It's amazing how effing stupid you right-wingers are.

    August 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  21. Anthony

    First, this guy is not going to do nothing, but run his mouth! In either party and branch of government you don't have the political will to get rid of Social Security and Medicare.

    He has a better chance getting Levi to run for Governor and winning that to get rid of this program. A lot of gall, but no brains!

    August 25, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Of course he wants to phase out SS. After years of the middle class paying in for their retirement, he wants to screw them, take their money and give it to his rich buddies and the war machine.

    August 25, 2010 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Sean

    What all this little boy name calling tells me is the two party system is cooked. The Tea Party isn't a 3rd party......the 3rd party is the silent majority that doesn't see any change regardless of whomever is President.

    The only thing the Dems and Republicans are concerned about is keeping the two party system intact. That way they can hammer home the same repetitive political 'points' on a cyclical basis to keep the short attention span or the just play ignorant hooked on whatever 'spin'/'sound-byte' is 'hot' at the moment.

    It doesn't matter who is in power, all the politicians are bought by some entity who are looking to sell their agenda behind some talking mouth piece. The whole system is corrupt, both Republican and Democrat.

    August 25, 2010 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. doug

    To the Democrat, any human being who during their day spends even a micro second actually thinking about the person next to them and how they can show them courtesy and compassion is an extremist.

    If you disagree go drive in an ultra blue area, actions define us and there is no doubt what type of people most Democrats are!

    August 25, 2010 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  25. Alaskan

    what a shame...reckless Alaskan Republicans denied us our Senior Senator who was mainstream...shame on Sarah Palin and Joe Miller

    August 25, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
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