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. Rob in NC

    Another Constructive idea from the State of SC. It's nice to know that politicians from a state that's last in everything still think they should tell the rest of the country how to fix the problems that they help cause.

    It be nice instead of throwing around big words they don't understand they could try and actually come up with an original idea. Of course what do you expect from a state who blames their high unemployment on failed drug test.

    Can we drug test the US Senate? I think the ones from SC are high on ego and stupidity.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. MS

    Clearly most of the people posting these comments don't have a clue what socialism is. If you did you would know that DeMint is 100% correct.

    And removing oppressive government IS a plan – one that has worked every time it has been tried.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  3. Ralph Nalbandian

    Just six months ago it seemed we were on the cusp of establishing fascism in America. How quickly things change!
    In reality, we are most likely becoming neither a socialist OR fascist society. We are a strong capitalist democracy.

    February 27, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. magella

    This is the same guy who doesn't think SINGLE MOTHERS (not to mention gays, of course) should be teaching in public schools. Need I say more?

    (CNN, for once please do not leave me in moderation–I have never written anything objectionable!)

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  5. Tom Baker

    You don't hear anything from the corporatocracy when the gap between the haves and the have nots widens but, lo, let a leader with a social conscience try to narrow the gap and listen to the pigs squeal "socialism." Doesn't everyone understand that the free market is an automatic system of justice and if you're poor it's because of laziness or stupidity

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Not pertaining to this story, but I'm baffled on how a 5 million dollar home gets broken into with no forced entry and no alarm going off. I think Mitt is trying to pull an insurance scam.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. JayW

    Ever since this country was founded by radical liberals who had the audacity to believe that a leader should be chosen by men, not ordained by God, conservatives have had difficulty adjusting to our ideals. Their only answer now is to resort to whining and name calling in a futile attempt to rally the people. Happily, so far, the people aren't falling for their anti-American screed.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  8. Jim

    It appears to me that Sen. DeMent's comments are veiled threats ... that imply some sort of violence. Yes I know , he would strongly deny that was the hidden message in his comments and truly I doubt that violence is what he wants. He just wants to use a very veiled threat of violence in his attempt to push back at President Obama's approach to addressing the issues of the day. Hoping that the treat of violence will slow the proccess... I didn't vote for Obama but I do believe that his approach (bipartisan and relatively open) has merit even if I don't agree with everything that he proposes. Senator DeMent on the other hand is just another example of narrow minded, take no prisioners approach that the party I was once proud of now takes. I'm beginning to think that I'll may never find another republican that I can vote for!!

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  9. Mark Dover, Delaware

    Repubs think it's ok to spend lots o' money...as long as it is in other countries and not in America. What traitors!

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  10. Jim

    "take to the streets" sounds a bit like insurection to me. But hey, thats what people who don't respect democracy do. Republicans invade sovereign countries to "spread democracy" but won't accept the will of the American electorate. Don't be fooled, Dimwit and company only approve of the "corporate socialism" that has been raping the American people for the last eight years. Whatever happened to Government of the people, by the people and for the people, Just wondering!!

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. TK

    The Dems are always talking about a "consensus" when talking about climate change. The "consensus" from most leading economists is that there is NO WAY this stimulus plan is going to work. What do you have to say about that liberals?

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Ryan

    The economy has been driven into the ditch by laissez-faire policies of the Republican party for the past 25 years, now anyone who steps in to help citizens of this country are labeled socialists!? The GOP consists of nothing more than malcontent misanthropes, reactionaries, and fascists.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  13. Lance

    Got to thank DeMint for his contributions in getting out country into this mess. Republicans fiscally responsible? That was a long time ago. Obama is one politician (regardless of party affiliation) that's putting his country ahead of his party. Thank goodness.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  14. Jim

    @ Jim in Texas,

    Do you know nothing of how the tax system works? It is TAXABLE INCOME that will see the increase in rates. This does not equal revenue. If you have expenses for managing and running the business such as supplies, payroll and the like THAT IS ALL TAX DEDUCTIBLE! You obviously don't own or operate a business. If you do I sure hope you aren't the one doing your taxes, if you are you've likely been boning yourself and paying way too much.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  15. eric

    Socialism(Webster definition for you geniuses that don't know how to google anything but porn and welfare(ie Democrats) is any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods. To Neel the republicans have ideas but unfortunately your idols Ms Pelosi and Mr Reid don't want to hear them. Also for all of you geniuses that keep blaming Bush for everything when are you going to realize that your administration is in charge of all of the branches of government. Enough of the blame game lets do something to make things better.

    February 27, 2009 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  16. klo

    Hey rednecks, the current collapse is due to a lack of oversight by Bush and his henchmen. We wouldn't be facing disaster if Bush and his friends hadn't been raping and pillaging the country for the past 8 yrs...

    February 27, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Jean

    What is wrong with speaking the truth?

    Obama stood in front of the American people and lied his butt off.

    The corrupt MSM looked the other way.

    Welcome to Obama World.

    February 27, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  18. Gilberto

    No wonder the Republican party is down to bite-size. It's being taken over by extremist coo-coo birds.

    February 27, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  19. Claude

    Unshrub February 27th, 2009 10:54 am ET

    The only thing republicans can do is call people names and use 30 second sound bites.

    It is amazing the number of liberals like yourself who try to pooh pooh things away that don't fall in line with your liberal view of the world.

    Tell me why, Unshrub, what Sen. DeMint said is NOT true? Oh wait, you can't because your a liberal wonk ..and by that definition have no justification for socialising America. Remember: Governement is NOT a charitable organization. Countries that have been led to socialism have led to revolt.

    February 27, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. Sniffit

    Read the bill and the budget. What Obama is doing is simply forcing the trickle-down to take place because the GOP's version of trickle-down economics, i.e., trusting the rich and corporate America to let go of their stranglehold on the nation's wealth AND THE MEANS TO MAKE MORE OF IT, has proven to be completely idiotic. Altruism is the first thing flushed down the $30,000 toilet to make more room for more wealth.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. Tim Prodanovich

    These guys have nothing to offer except cranking up the "Red Scare" from the 50's. They're probably wishing we were still in Vietnam.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. John T. Anderson, Olean, NY

    My fellow Republicans once accused Franklin Roosevelt of promoting socialism and even communism through the New Deal; the result of his policies then and during World War II was a rebirth of American capitalism with a global reach. I am an Obamacon (a conservative who voted for Obama), and I am confident that his policies will give birth to a bigger, better, and more democratic capitalism in the U.S. and around the world.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Di

    I thought the DEM protected OUR RGHTS! Do they all have their heads in the Sand? Obama is also threating 1st and 2nd admendment. I guess the Obama's will not be redecorating the WH after his speech. STOP THE PORK!!

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  24. SunnyD

    At some point, republicans will have to understand that the old ideology of the past is not going to work. At some point, they'll need to abandon the Rush playbook and start asking Americans the what it is that we're looking for. In the meantime, its the same old GOP Neo Conservative Crap.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  25. rbn alexandria, mn

    I appreaciate Demints comments but where were they when Bush authorized the first 700 billion that was put to use mid stream and missed any help it could have done on main street. Is that the street your talking about or one that is gated off.

    February 27, 2009 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
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