February 27th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
12 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. Enforcer

    Listening to sour grapes Reps scum bugs, get a life!!! And what do you call Bush then if you call Obama a Socialist? Does that make Bush a communist?

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Ryan, Denver

    Why are the Republicans trying to paint themselves as fanatical libertarians? Truth is they really do support socialism – socialism for the hyper-rich. Well, we now know what happens when you let monster coorporations hold all the cards in the deck.

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. David

    We're all communists now. Totalitarists Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and Frank all tell us what we can do, and when we can do it. How much money we can have, and when and how we can spend it. Thank you for the socialist totalitarism. Where’s the Liberty?

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Lenin for dummies

    I can't understand why "socialism" has become such a bad word anyway. Since when did the idea of fair and equal compensation become a poison to society. Monatarism HAS NOT WORKED over the last century (with the excpetion of a couple of years of boom due to market swoons) It's not like this administration is calling for a complete nationalization of industry and commerce! After years of the failure of Laisee-fair economics and un-regulated free for all for the gluttonous Wall Street jet set, I say maybe it IS about time for a revolution!

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  5. BCasero

    Senator Demint,
    As you live in a welfare state that takes more from the Federal Government than it contributes, maybe you should wean yourself off of socialism before you condemn President Obama for offering a rational solution to the Nations problems that you helped to create.

    Until then, STFU.

    February 27, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  6. Alan

    sore losers . . .

    February 27, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  7. Sniffit

    Well, at least we know why they all ran to the gun store when the sane portion of this country elected Obama because we liked his ideas and wanted them to be tried...the very ideas these guys are trying to mischaracterize as socialism to birth a new era of McCarthyistic paranoia. The 2nd Amendment blather is just a smokescreen. See, in their world the democracy they so fervently pretend to love and defend only matters when they control it and their ideas guide it. When the majority gets "uppity" and elects someone whose ideas they don't like, they have no problem rationalizing their way towards civil war. I believe Michael McToken called it "revolution" yesterday. I suppose it's not far from the truth though...the GOP is revolting (yeah yeah, a pun, so sue me hehe).

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  8. Rtreff

    The Clueless Elite of the GOP had a majority for most of Bush's 8 years and they signed on to every Pork Barrel idea and he signed off on them for all that time.

    Their destruction of the Regulatory Process started with Reagan's Govt is the Problem and ended with – the waste in Iraq, the mess after Katrina, and the current World economoc disaster.

    Now the only thing they can due is threats to take to the streets to stop the Socialists.

    Are they going to bring back "Kill a Commie for Christ" bumpers stickers too?

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  9. Dave

    Runaway Capitalism without limits caused this problem we have today, Senator DeMint, you frigging MORON. If you Repugnants hadn't let it run amuck and spent like drunken sailors, Mr Obama wouldn't ahve to correct your mess...why not stop with the slander and try to do something to help our country for a change?

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  10. Stever

    The American Conservation Union: fights against OSHA, are against nuclear arms limitations, support freedom fighters in communist countries (remember the Contras scandal?), are against environmental groups, don't want smaller cars, oppose higher fuel efficiency, are against switching to renewable energy sources, have received $70,000 from ExxonMobil since 1998.
    If Jim DeMint has received a perfect rating from this group, just who does he stand for?
    His party and their encouragement of corporate greed and deregulation that have gotten us into this mess.

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  11. bud

    i thought that bailing out the financial institutions was bush and paulsons idea?

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Will-South Dakota

    Republicans in the street? You mean like really walking and mingling with poor people and the everyday American?

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  13. Robert Webster

    Noone's afraid of these Confederates and their rediculous nonsense. They count on voters being afraid as well as uninformed. He won't admit that he has a problem w/ an intelligent Black man. What alternatives other than tax breaks for the weathly has the GOP offered? What sickens me, is these people collect paychecks to be Ditto heads and Rush Limbaugh syncophants.

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. July

    Rush gets ready for his close-up at the Conservative Political Action Committee this weekend (which is a collection of nuts so nutty even Sarah Palin stayed away).


    Rob February 27th, 2009 10:53 am ET

    Too true. And soon, if we are forced to follow the policies of Comrade Kommisars Obama, Reid, & Pelosi, China and Cuba will look to us as examples of communist, socialist states.

    Obama, Reid, & Pelosi are know-nothing bums who want to force their failed pipe dreams of communism down our throats. Anyone who is a REAL American sees the disaster these 3 are pushing. The solution is simple: Send Reid and Pelosi packing in 2010. And in 2012 do whatever you can so that Nobama can add to his list failed community organizer, and failed president. Then we can turn around to all those lib freaks who spewed "Jesus was a community organizer" and say "Yeah, well Jesus didn't fail like Obama did."

    Keep REAL hope alive. Stay strong and soon the Dems will be out, then it can be time for REAL change to believe in.

    Rob ........ you must really really REALLY miss Bush. You sure bought all his bullsh* t.

    Your ' REAL American ' this and that ..... yawn.

    February 27, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. Alex Kondrashov

    Trouble is, American voters are generally ignorant. To accuse somebody of being a) liberal and b) a Leninist-Stalinist is just idiocity. Can somebody be a) a Nazi and b) a Zionist? The more I watch how people who cannot find Iraq on the map decide – through their elected representatives – what to do with a war in this country, the less glorious the concept of Democracy looks to me.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  16. Lance Coardill

    It's hard to disagree with the senator's and Governor Huckabee's statements.

    P.S. I also heard that both Lenin and Marx owned Labradoodles.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Kate

    Is this propaganda nessecary? I second the Yawn. Thank goodness for Obama is all I have to say.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. mIREILLE

    it seems he's selling it too.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  19. Libertarian

    Republicans need to understand that actually paying your fair share of taxes IS NOT SOCIALISM. Every time someone says "let's get the wealthy to pay their fair share" the Republicans cry socialism.

    What about the OBSCENE amount of taxes I pay as someone making less than $75K per year? I can't hide my money in the Cayman Islands to avoid taxes.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  20. FF in PA

    You liberals are truly misinformed. Despite what Obama says, it wasn't Republican "tax cuts" that caused the current recession. It was government policy, pushed by both parties, that created the situation we're in.

    We can now see Obama for what he is: the most radical, leftest president in American history. His agenda may sound appealing to many Americans but I'm not up for the change he's proposing. Have you been to Sweden? To Germany? Nice places but the standard of living is nowhere near as well as ours. That's where Obama is taking us.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  21. Glen in Los Angeles

    Does the Senator really expect a market solution to our predicament when the private sector is so debt laden and unwilling to grant credit? Government is the only institution large enough to cover our major financial institution's staggering losses. It's the only institution resiliant enough to help in the long term scale our current economic situation requires. Plus... if Obama were really following in the footsteps of Stalin and Lenin, Congress would have been disbanded immediately after the inaugural parade and most likely executed. DeMint and Huckabee would be in some northern Alaskan gulag as quickly as it took them to make those comments. They and all US AM radio personalities be sitting on 24 x 9 inch benches attached to the wall of their respective windowless isolation cells. Ice cold water would be up to their ankles.

    February 27, 2009 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  22. Banking on revenge

    Why am I not comforted by the defense that "Bush did it too!"?

    February 27, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. Jerry Z.

    The usual despicable lunacy from the neo-crap right. What planet have they been living on?

    February 27, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  24. Mike Chung

    We in Canada never fail to marvel at the doomsayers south of the border who weep and gnash their teeth while wailing at President Obama's valiant attempts to reverse severe economic conditions in the U.S. , partially caused by unchecked capitalism and outright human greed. "He's practicing Sociaslism!" goes the outrage. The ones who are crying foul, do so safe in the knowledge that their homes are fully paid for, their jobs secure, and there are three square meals on their tables every day. About time they look to the welfare of their fellow citizens who do not now have those luxuries.

    Mike Chung (Toronto, Canada).

    February 27, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. JW in JH

    I think that if a Republican didn't like the salmon in the Senate dining room, he'd accuse the chef of socialism.

    If everyone hates socialism so much, let's get rid of the fire department and go back to Colonial times, when you had to pay to get firefighter protection. Let's also disband public libraries, public schools, city trash collection, and oh yeah, the police. Hire your own dang bodyguard if you're worried about crime!

    February 27, 2009 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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