February 27th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Senator calls Obama 'world’s best salesman of socialism'

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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. Neel

    i would love to hear a repub idea. for once. give us an alternative. that's right, you don't have one.

    February 27, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Q

    The man has great speaking skills alright. If only people would actually do their own research and understand what is happening instead of listening to mainstream media...

    February 27, 2009 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Obama 2.0

    And Jim Demint still thinks that the honor system is what is best for wall street and trickle down economics! I will go with the salesman, I rather like social gatherings, HA!

    February 27, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. Lawton Apartments

    There's no problem with spending money to help Americans through better government. And I disagree with fellow conservatives that Barack Obama is a socialist, because spending so much money is more a free-market idea than a socialist one. The best I can come up with is to characterize Barack Obama as a hybrid of capitalism and socialism, and I haven't seen that before in modern government. The senators who are criticizing Barack Obama with these blanket statements about socialism and even communism don't appreciate the true meaning of their words. America has never been a socialist country and never will be.

    February 27, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What else would you expect a republican south carolinian politician to say. The all sound stupid. They can criticize all they want, but where are their new ideas. I know I wouldn't be confident we'll get out of this crisis if McCain and Palin were in office. The republican deregulators have almost bankrupted this country.

    February 27, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  6. Sen. Jim DeMint best seller of failure

    Sen. Jim DeMint, well well you are certainly a huge reason for the down fall of our economy

    why don't you shut up and help fix what you made

    this 'socialism' is an attempt to fix your large failure

    don't run next time, you obviously don't know what you are doing

    February 27, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  7. pat C.

    didn't think so!

    February 27, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Ira

    These idiots really need to learn what the definition of socialism is: a theory or system of social organization that advocates the vesting of the ownership and control of the means of production and distribution, of capital, land, etc., in the community as a whole.

    Republicans are calling for bank nationalization (which is actually a good idea), that is closer to socialism than universal health care or a carbon market, those things are tenets of liberalism. Socialism calls for near or complete equality, liberalism just calls for everyone to have a minimum amount.

    February 27, 2009 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. Stay Active

    I wish people would stop all the name calling. This is not second grade! I am not young but a proud member of AARP. I loved the Presidents plans for my childrens future. WE need these investments to start my childrens futures.

    If you can't think of a better idea....don't say anthing. You can't just stand up there and call someone a Socialist. This will get us no where.

    February 27, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  10. Had It

    From South Carolina? Heck, they can't even spell socialism in that poor, uneducated, backward state !

    February 27, 2009 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Fan of Common Sense


    February 27, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  12. Rednecks and rat feces

    Republicans only hope it were true,its their new mantra and all they have left to stir up hate and try to salvage whats left of their Facist party.

    February 27, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. Ken

    Really? UASR? Lenin and Stalin? So, our phones are tapped? We can't speak out without risking being called unpatriotic at best or getting thrown in a secret prison, books we checked out from the library could be scrutinized by the government, we have unprecedented levels of military spending on wars we were lied to about a la 1984.... Oh, wait, it WAS awful Sovietesque.
    Now, we're spending money on health insurance instead of bombs, building schools, repairing dilapidated roads and bridges, trying to salvage our economy from 8 years of gross mismanagement and deregulation and THIS is what you decide to complain about? Really?
    The right wing needs to get a grip and realize that they had their chance and they screwed it up. So, either get on board and be part of the solution or get out of the way. The people have spoken. Give it a chance to work before you tear it down.

    February 27, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Chris, Albany NY

    It scares me to think what would have happened if McCain had been elected rather than Obama. Holy crap, these peeps are just willing to sit there and sign all the bills to double our national debt, but arn't willing to try to pull the country up and outa this mess. We want lower taxes, we want lower taxes that's all I hear outa them, well guess what lower taxes havn't worked!!! Use some flippin common sense people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. mimi

    President Obama makes me feel "soft and fuzzy" and these guys give me the "cold pricklies".......and I'm not 2 years old !!!!!

    February 27, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Brad

    Oh please....

    Because capitalism is a resounding success...

    February 27, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  17. Smart People

    There’s a good idea…Let’s encourage a riot over this so called “socialist” agenda. Luckily, the only people who will “take it to the streets” are corporate fatcats who can’t fathom not getting paid obscene amounts of money for failure. The republicans truly don’t get it. They offer no solutions, but can’t wait to criticize someone who is.

    Now let’s get back to the right wing comments that misconstrue the meaning of socialism to fit their weak arguments…

    February 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Alicia

    This is news? Another Good Ole Boy, racist Kentucky Fried cracker making a negative comment. Where was this guy eight years ago or even the past two? Oh yeah he was sending bills through of pork spending for his state that Dubya signed off on. I honestly feel that Bush has to feel betrayed by his own party that used him for their greed.

    I guess like Senator Shelby this guy will question President Obama's citizenship.

    Republicans give it up! Even with that token 'Steele da man' bull, people feel you messed up. Your party ruined this country.

    February 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. Virginia

    Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Tenth Edition defines socialism like this:

    "Socialism – 1: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods
    2a: a system of society or group living in which there is no private property; b: a system or condition of society in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
    3: a stage of society in Marxist theory transitional between capitalism and communism and distinguished by unequal distribution of goods and pay according to work done."

    Now will someone tell me how this does NOT describe the direction our country is now headed. We knew it would happen, and it is....don't blame me, I voted for the other guy!

    February 27, 2009 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  20. Thebe

    And DeMint, Huckabee, and the hip-hop wannabes Steele and Jindal are the world's best nihilists!

    February 27, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. eunice c

    STOP STOP I donot see Any of You people coming up with a plan to fix this mess we are in - huckabee not doing anything, the Rep not doing anything to come up with a good plan SO EVERYBODY THAT IS SO SMART WHY DON'T YOU COME UP WITH A GREAT PLAN IF YOU DON'T HAVE A SMART PLAN MR. SMART COMPLAINERS SHUT UP AND AS FAR AS OUR KIDS OR TREIR KIDS THEY WILL JUST HAVE TO WORK TO LIVE JUST LIKE ME AND EVERYONE ELSE IN THIS COUNTRY DO

    February 27, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  22. Dave from Canada

    So let the country go bankrupt. Is that the Republican answer?

    February 27, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  23. stag

    We need to speed up this conversion process. How about we replace BHO with Putin as Pres and Chavez as VP. Life will be so much better we should hurry to get there.

    Stalin, where are you when we need you?

    February 27, 2009 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  24. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    People are hurting so much by now thanks to decade of irresponsiblity that they are deaf by now and do not hear anymore the same old verbal excuse for not taking responsibilities towards your own people by continuing on scaring people about the same excuse using the word socialism....life is not about socialism and capitalism...life prosper when focused on living in the middle! Keep on living in the past and reminding us that you are in the past...the rest of us will move forward!

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  25. Peter Horan

    I didn't realize that anyone beyond political neophytes with no real understanding of the issues was calling President Obama a "Socialist" ... I seriously hope the voters of South Carolina take note and make sure not to re-elect such a joker next term.

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
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