September 1st, 2010
05:46 PM ET
4 years ago

Anchor notes: John King on Joe Miller

Washington (CNN) - Joe Miller calls President Obama "bad for America" and suggests he is leading the nation on a path to socialism. But the newly minted GOP Senate nominee from Alaska also has a message for the Republican Leadership. Not to mention unapologetic views on cutting federal spending and even possibly phasing out Social Security.

A few highlights from an interview taped Wednesday, the day after tea party favorite Miller clinched the GOP nomination. (Defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski.)

"There is an opportunity to lead this country out of the crisis its in and I believe the Republican Party is well suited to take up that mantle," Miller said in an interview for Wednesday's "John King, USA." which will air at 7pm. "The question is whether or not there's the courage and leadership in that party to seize the moment and to recognize that the only way out of this is to get out of the age of the entitlement state to return power back to the states and recognize that central government is broken and see what we can do about fixing things and getting the government focused on those areas the enumerated powers that it should be doing. And the Republican Party can do it but it does require courage."

So is Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky the right GOP Senate leader or should the party choose a new one?

"Anybody that embraces this message can move it forward so that's going to be up to the Republican party. It's going to be up to the people of this great nation," Miller said. "I believe that the party should embrace that message. I think it is the future of this nation. I think it will lead us out of this mess. But let's just wait and see what happens."

Democrats have labeled Miller an extremist who would abolish Social Security. He is quick to make some important distinctions about those currently receiving benefits, but is forceful in making the case be believes major changes are needed down the road. Consider this exchange:

Miller: "Longer term there has got to be a move outside of that system. Ultimately we want to transfer the power back to the states so that states can take up the mantle of those programs if they so desire. In, you know, the shorter term, I think there have been many plans proposed that can move the shift or shift this away from government control and into a sector where we can actually protect those funds

"I mean if its a privatized system, for example, I can ensure that I put my money into an account that the government is not going to steal from. ... I think most Americans recognize that that system is broken and they understand that there has got to be a change longer term to bring back some fiscal sanity and to ensure that you can actually have something when you do retire rather than depend on these IOUs that when we go insolvent aren't going to be worth much."

KING: "It is an issue that you well know can be easily demagogued, so I want to deliver a statement. You tell me if it's fair or not: That anybody in the system or close to the system is fine. We won't do anything significant to change your benefits. But how about an American born tomorrow or born the day after Joe Miller was sworn in in Washington? Would that person perhaps grow up in an America where there is not a federal Social Security program if you got your way?

MILLER: "Absolutely.

KING: "That's a fair statement?"

MILLER: "No demagoguery there at all."


Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • Joe Miller • John King USA • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. JCC

    Gosh ... Obama has not started ANY wars ... and Bush
    started TWO.
    TWO is better than NONE ..... RIGHT ?????

    September 1, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  2. Doug C.

    So let me get this straight. Joe Miller wants to abolish Social Security and move money to private accounts with the banks. Of course, the banks had to be bailed out by the federal government and if he had his way, he would not have bailed out the banks. Let the fail along with everyone retirement accounts. Wait there's more: more power to the states. It looks like most of the states are broke too. The ones with the lowest unemployment are the ones that get the most back per capita FROM the federal government (like Alaska). To quote Miller: "No demagoguery there at all."

    September 1, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  3. CanadaOne

    We can see it now…YES See if you can elect this guy – then we are sure the repubs will do nothing for another ten years...

    Foreign countries are buying your business and creating job oversees. Ten more years of republicans and it is done! “The USA is owned by foreigners.”

    CNN find out how many American companies were bought out by foreigners when the republicans were in power – the answer will blow you away!!

    September 1, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  4. Dennis

    Phase out Social Security?...Why don't we phase out mindless thinking of this nature.He just becomes elected and he is going to change the country and world around overnight.While he is at it,why not start by phasing out HIS Social Security and then to help the economy by emptying out his bank accounts and sending the balances to the U.S.Treasury in one lump sum.This clown should crawl back under the rock he came out from under!

    September 1, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  5. KLS

    How many Americans like Miller's idea of "phasing out Social Security"?
    Yes, this program can be viewed socialized government but what would millions of seniors do without?
    I assume Miller will want to phase out socialized Medicare too.

    September 1, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  6. Ken, AZ

    Careful what you wish for, Joel. Without the federal government proping up Alaska, it'd just be another Russian colony.

    September 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  7. New Yorker

    Don't we already have one idiot from Alaska telling us what to do? Enough is enough.

    September 1, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  8. vincent

    Diversity is also bad for America. Obviously with the stock market going up 250 points today i can see what the Gopers are talking about. The Country was in good shape when the stock market was at 6,000 versus what it is today.

    September 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  9. Eric

    8 years of Republicans got us into this mess!! He thinks Republicans can get us out??? Makes no sense. Can't expect Obama to get us out of 8 years of Republican screw ups in less than two years!!! In time he will prevail!!

    September 1, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  10. Texas Progressive

    An Alaskan is talking about entitlements? He's simply riding the Tea Bag momentum based on defining problems without solutions. Had a Republican been in charge when the economy imploded we'd be in a depression we'd never recover from. The entire right-wing makes a living with talk about trickle-down economics and fiscal conservatism. The trickle-down system never worked (never) and the fiscal conservatism was never practiced by the Republicans. Still, people buy their sales pitch. This guy is just another rider on the GOP Circus Train.

    September 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  11. Rod from Indy

    Obama bad for America? This from an extremist Republican, or, um Tea Partier (same thing), part of the group that almost destroyed America? And privatize social security so the government doesn't steal it. Yeah, right. Look no farther than the banks and any other large businesses in this country to see who would steal your money.
    Smaller and smaller government, fewer and fewer regulations. What did that get us in 20 of 28 years of GOP control? The S&L disaster of the 80s, the current recession, credit card companies raping their customers, mining accidents, oil spills, etc., etc., etc. Wake up people!!! They want you to help them remove all government protection so the rich can continue to walk all over us, and then come begging when they make bad investments. I'm sick of it.

    September 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  12. Tim Adams

    ...just another weak minded tea party dullard...seriously....how sad this is all the republicans can muster these days...

    September 1, 2010 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  13. Judith

    "'There is an opportunity to lead this country out of the crisis its in and I believe the Republican Party is well suited to take up that mantle,' Miller said." The Republican Party is responsible for where we are today. How do you even hold your head up in public? If you want credit for something so badly, why don’t you own up to your mistakes first. That’s generally how it’s done in the real America.

    September 1, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  14. Larry Bradenton, FL

    Perfect example why the Republicans or their sub-culture, the Taliban Tea Party, will lose in November!

    September 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  15. UNK

    this is the truth believe it or not we dont need him.

    September 1, 2010 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  16. Jesus Francisco

    So, Alaskans want to do away with Social Security and I guess Medicare too since it is part of it? ... interesting election ... very sad in many ways.

    September 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Just another political hack

    This guy should definitly win for two reasons:

    1. So Texans aree no longer the biggest fools on the planet

    2. Because the sheeple of The USA (of which I love) desrve what they get.

    September 1, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  18. Jackson

    Joe Miller must be a gigantic moron and has very little memory of what the GOP did for America when Bush was President.

    September 1, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  19. Just another political hack

    This guy should definitly win for two reasons:

    1. So Texans are no longer the biggest fools on the planet

    2. Because the sheeple of The USA (of which I love) deserve what they get.

    September 1, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  20. Challenging Ignorance

    Alaska – wake up. You keep throwing these stinking rotten idiots into our faces, on a daily basis.

    They apparently don't understand the definition of socialism. 'Obamacare' actually encourages competition where there was none (i.e. note that previously health care industry was exempt from antitrust laws). 'Obamacare' will SAVE American's money. Obama is a centrist. But the rightwing is demonizing him as some sort of extremist.

    Hopefully voters will wake up and not let these greedy, lying, cheating, rightwing, biggots gain power.

    September 1, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  21. ron

    ..." I can ensure that I put my money into an account that the government is not going to steal from. "

    Yeah, put it in that private fund so Keating and all the rest can steal it from you. That's the capitalist way, right?

    Here's what's bad for America.....people like Miller. Obstructionists who would rather see the country fail rather than this president get any help from them......I bet you can "lead us out" of this mess....you guys led us into it......

    September 1, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Vegas

    "see what we can do about fixing things", he says. We've seen what you and your party can do...NO THANKS in November.

    September 1, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  23. beth60

    leave social security programs up to the states? Great. Then people will leave states with crappy social security benefits, and move to those with better ones.

    September 1, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  24. blue

    Is Joe crazy? He and the GOP nominee from Nevada have gone over the edge. Heaven help us all if these Tea Baggers are elected. The nuts are coming out and showing us how stupid they really are.

    September 1, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. zippy

    I am so sick and tired of BOTH parties' constant bickering, posturing and doomsaying!! I ferverantly believe that the Politicians have lost all touch with the reality of not only the what the American people live with day to day but also with the ideals that this country was built on. To disagree is an inalienable right but to foment distrust and hatred is not. Voting has become not only a chore but disenheartening.....after all the only choices we have are POLITICIANS! Wake up.....it's not just about getting elected you idiots!

    September 1, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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