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. triker44

    If Miller really wants to do away with Social Security for the elderly, he can start by attempting to cease taking the Social Security deductions from our paychecks AND return all of the monies that the Federal Gov't has stolen from social security over the years.
    Then he had better take a very close look at the "EXPOST FACTO: clause of our constitution!
    It makes for good politicizing to some, but the fact IS that he cannot get the job done!
    I am a Tea Party member, a constitutionalist and a patriot, and I think Miller is another sham politician.
    Beware folks! He cannot walk the walk with crap like that in his mouth!

    September 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. Mia

    Why is this a headline? I am tired of CNN trying to make money off of negative press. Get some class and stop this. President Obama is just that the president of the US, and who is Joe Miller?? and what is the Tea Party? (you've help promote them) By the way, I did appreciate the article about Tony Blair's book saying positive things about President Bush. We will never get our act together in the US if we don't pull together and get away from the negative press that CNN is helping (now in Fox's shoes) to promote. Shame.

    September 1, 2010 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  3. A Duh

    When will conservative christocrats get it through their thick cro mag skulls that Jesus was the greatest socialist who ever lived. They do not even understand the saviour they worship nor do they understand what real socialism is. It's called the rest of the industrialized world and they are achieving the spirit of Christ through this structure than any tea partying bible beater who is heartless to the suffering of others. How christian! How American! I think thy are monsters

    September 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  4. Russ

    Blah, blah, blah, another unoriginal statement from a unoriginal Republican with no new ideas. Just the same old same old that got us here in the first place. Let's go back to the Bush years when the rich got richer and the middle class got poorer. It so sad that Americans are so stupid that they can't remember that far back. You think you don't have jobs now? Give it a couple more years after the party of no gets control. The great recession will become the second great depression.

    September 1, 2010 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  5. Barefoot Freddie

    What an Idiot–Alaska, vote in this fool and get what you deserve–Go ahead and secede if you want–Without federal assistance all of Alaska will either be eating snow under an oil derrick in the wilderness or watching Palin video tapes in a homeless shelter in Washington state–The lower 48 will open your state to new settlers to fight off the Russian invaders....

    September 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    All of these nasty, dim-witter, unqualified Republicans like Miller and Palin are nothing more than proxies used by the radical right who just can't stand there's a Black man in the White House.

    What these people have in common is arrogance and an unwillingness to take responsibility for the terrible mistakes of the last several Republican Administrations.

    It's an all-too common character defect of people like Miller and Palin and the whole Republican leadership to willingly lie to people for their own economic and political gain, all done hiding behind empty words about God and country.

    Republicans are pathetic!

    September 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  7. Donovan

    Obama isn't any worse for the USA than ANY republican. Republican ideology has DESTROYED our country and is currently turning us into a thrid world nation. Globalization and "free trade" do nothing but make us compete against slave labor. Competing against slave labor does nothing but make us slaves ourselves. Watch as our wages drop and our benefits disappear under republican rule. Watch them scare away our civil liberties with their sabre-rattling (see Patriot Act). I'm not big on Obama currently, but he's better than ANYONE the republicans have to offer.

    September 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  8. Juanita Johnson

    Joe Miller states... "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."

    One thing is needed from Joe Miller... is an example of of what type of account he can recommend that the government can not steal from?

    There are too many instances to cite where local and state governments Pension/SS investments have failed. The successes fall way below the failures. Let's start with California, then go to New Jersey.

    Talk is GOP/tea party Cheap.

    September 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  9. Don in Albuquerque

    If Obama would be bad for America, then this guy rates somewhere around a tragedy for America. Just like the rest of the tea bag candidates-full of radical views, not real bright, and a religious zealot. Want to go back to what the founding fathers promised? Then lose womens votes, black votes, public heath including Center for Disease Controll and childhood immunizations. Lose public schools, most scientifc and medical research. Yep lets go back tea baggers, go ahead and vote yourselves right out of existance.

    September 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  10. George of the jungle

    You get what you vote for. Lets see what happens when he tries to mess with social security . I can't believe that that many idiots voted for this guy. enjoy your tea.It's going to cost you

    September 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  11. nimitta

    So Joe Miller wants to phase out Social Security...I daresay Joe and his ideas would be bad for America. I hope Alaska doesn't elect him...

    September 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  12. ray munholland

    i think it is all laid out there with his answer: an america without social security is his perspective. well, no thanks joe! i'll stick with an approach to governing that reflects my social, institutional and political values. government's role is to foster, provide or otherwise provide for the collective security of its citizenry.

    if joe would truly like to shrink government, why doesn't he advocate first for elimination of wars that do not truly deal with imminent threats to our geographic intergrity–not jingoistic, interventionist agendas. rather he would attack a program that has a several trillion dollar surplus currently, rather than the defense dept/corporate complex that is a sinkhole for current fiscal solvency.

    September 1, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Miller says, "...shift this [Social Security] away from government control and into a sector where we can actually protect those funds"

    A sector like what, Wall Street?!?

    Grow up and great real, Miller! Everyone knows that profit motive doesn't bring out the best in people; it just brings out the most devious crooks!

    September 1, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  14. skiqsr

    The Republican party is broke... just like the Democratic Party... to many 'self' serving individuals after what is best for themselves and not the country.

    September 1, 2010 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  15. Barefoot Freddie

    Actually, the still-United States could offer amnesty to illegal aliens willing to settle in Alaska with no federal benefits and solve at least 2 problems–

    September 1, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  16. The reality is...

    Wow! Can you imagine the American people getting along without the government"s "help"? How about we give it a try; after all we've tried letting the government have control of our $$ and look where it got us? Look at how they've squandered our tax dollars and stole our Social "Security". Yeah, we're ready to try saving and investing our own money without the "help" of the government.

    September 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  17. kd

    Miller is a loon and will be trounced in Alaska. He is so crazy that a Democrat will actually win there for the first time in decades. Alaskans are VERY wary of this nut. Not the least for his being from Kansas and not giving a whit for Alaskans issues. And he's supported by Palin, who Alaskans really don't like at all anymore.

    September 1, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  18. Phred

    How can anyone take a person like Joe Miller or anyone for that matter that says the president is a socialist, or that he is a Muslim that is bent on destroying the country. People like this need to take off the tin foil hat and wake up! Btw, he was also born in this country to so forget that stupid rumor as well.

    September 1, 2010 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  19. Palin Power

    This is a clear sign that Sarah Palin WILL be our next and greatest President of all times!

    September 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  20. The reality is...

    Wow! Can you imagine the American people getting along without the government"s "help"? How about we give it a try; after all we've tried letting the government have control of our $$ and look where it got us? Look at how they've squandered our tax dollars and stole our Social "Security". Yeah, we're ready to try saving and investing our own money without the "help" of the government. What should we do? Keep paying into Social Security even though we know it's bankrupt? What are we paying for and who's getting the money???

    September 1, 2010 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  21. Jules

    New flash for Miller, President Obama is doing what the MAJORITY of us voted him in to do! Get over it! Miller is a dangerous extremist with his own self-serving agenda. Alaska will be smart enough not to vote him in! A guy like this is shallow, selfish, and full of hot air!

    September 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  22. Joseph

    My God, what is happening to the USA?

    The more I read about people like Joe Miller,the Tea Party and the extreme right wing of the GOP, the more I cringe with disbelief and say to myself ....what absurd idea is next. Maybe the cities in each of the States should claim their own power and run the duties of the Country on behalf of their own civic interests.....then Joe Miller should run for the Mayor of Wasilla for more power.....oh.....I forgot...that power play is being taken by another ex-Palin family misfit......

    Joe

    September 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  23. Dr Matrix

    Aother one that wants to get rid of social security. Bet he doesn't want to do away with the lucrative retirement package senators and congressmen get.

    September 1, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  24. Rick

    If Miller gets in office the first thing is cut any federal dollars to his home state. That would help,eh?

    September 1, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  25. Hawkster

    Here's a message for you, Joe Miller. I am fully employed and work hard to make my middle-class income, and the best investment I have right now actually is Social Security. My 403(b) and Roth continue to tank although I keep investing in them.

    If you think either eliminating or privatizing social security is going to work then I WILL WORK against you. SS is my only hope for basic income (that I've already paid into) once I retire.

    While I haven't always enjoyed paying those taxes, they are the ONLY investment that actually will produce and at a GOOD RATE. So GFY in my opinion and I can only hope others will feel the same...so tired of millionaires deciding my fate!

    September 1, 2010 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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