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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/27/art.bocu0227.gi.jpg caption="For the second time in as many days, a prominent Republican has likened Pres. Obama's policies to socialism."]

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.

Filed under: CPAC • Jim DeMint • Mike Huckabee • Popular Posts
soundoff (560 Responses)
  1. tim

    Hey!!! Foolish senators!!!!

    The reason he had to have this big of a budget is....

    1. He inherited a complete mess.
    2. He incorporated the two wars that your boy Bush got us into.
    3. He's trying to get us back on the right track while incorporating new ideas and plans. Its always better to start new things and plans during bad times rather than good times. If we are in a low, you might as well scrap somethign and start fresh (healthcare, energy, etc.)

    Vote your local Republican out.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Tim in NC

    This is all the Reps have left;

    No ideas, no solutions, just attacks and accusations.

    Its really pathetic, the decline of the GOP, and sad because they're doing to themselves

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  3. Kaye in Springfield

    What does "take to the streets" mean? Riots? Civil insurrection? from Republicans??? The current gross erosion of our civil rights began with the Patriot Act courtesy GWB. Give me a break.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Todd

    We are PAST the brink. Socialism is one more of this guys "plans" away! You Libs wanted this, and you are getting it!! Thank goodness your pockets will be as empty as the Republicans that you hate so much.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. BW

    Robin Dawe February 27th, 2009 10:56 am ET

    "Whenever some right wing nut-job speaks about his/her rejection of our President's actions to get us out of the mess they created, CNN feels the need to give it air time. Why?"

    Obviously, socialism should be the least of our concerns with liberal whacks like you who feel it necessary to "censor" and kill the "Freedom of Speech". Excellent philosophy...if we can't shut them up, don't let them have air time...more of the liberal "Fairness Doctrine" at work. Do you have any idea how repulsive and ridiculous some of you have become?

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  6. Tee


    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. eric

    To the geniuses that keep saying the republican have no ideas and want to complain about us bashing the administration I have two words for you; SHUT UP You are the same morons that blamed Bush for everything and complained about everything that he did. When you are a minority in the house and are unable to give ideas because Pelosi and Reid say that they are in power and it doesn't matter what republicans say it is a sad state in this country. For all of you loons that like this socialist program please name me one place in this world that is has worked.

    February 27, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. neil

    Between what bush spent and what obama is spending has anyone figured how long we taxpayers are going to take to pay this off and how much it is for each of us?????? The blind cheering of this is like setting your house on fire to warm up rather than putting a sweater on.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Ed from Wisconsin

    Are you serious Republicans? Bush runs the the debt up to 12 trillion, starts a unjustified war in Iraq that cost 10 billion a month and makes policies which helped to cripple are economy. The Republicans didn’t have anything to say, they were there cheerleading the the former president on his ridiculous spending frenzy’s. Furthermore, there is nothing fiscal conservative about the GOP’s agenda, they wrote the book on wasteful spending. They did it for 8 years straight! Now the new administration has to clean up their mess, and all they want to do is be the party of opposition. Why do they want the American economy to fail?

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. Daisy

    Just Obama one person alone can not fix America economy. We ALL have to stand behind Mr. President to back him. we ALL have to work hard and save and invest if we want America to have a future. Just blame, blame, blame, blame is of no use. Shut up. GOP. think of a better solution, not just opposition. Jindal. you have been used. speak your heart. don't get used by the GOP machine.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  11. gsawalker

    I am an INDEPENDENT!! Both parties have issues!! The Democrats have been in control in the Congress for years, so don't defend them and then blame the Republicans for all the spending and problems we are in today. Both parties participated in and adopted all the spending and ALL the problems we have. NOW, only the democrats have the power since the republicans are in the minority. There is no balance of power!! I only hope and pray the socialist plans, the OUTRAGEOUS spending President Obama is pushing through both houses doesn't put us all into the worst financial condition ever....

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  12. Erika, KS

    As a former lifelong democrat now registered independent, I'd have more respect for the democrats if they would stop ranting about republicans and Bush, because, as I recall, democrats helped Bush and the republicans out tremendously.

    Democrats in Congress gave in to every whim that Bush wanted. Democrats have no leg to stand on. They had control for the past two years, yet they did NOTHING! Prices continued to go up with them in charge. They are weak and spineless. They can take their share of the blame, if they want to play the blame game.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |

    Where was he when Bush was making his agenda changes. Oh, he's a Repulican't...
    Never mind.

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

    As USUAL, the Republicans beat the drum.....they have a word....Socialism......they are not sure what it means.....they just know it grabs headlines.

    These Republicans would rather more people lose their jobs, and the country fall further into decline, JUST SO they can look forward to the next elections. SHAME on these Republicans...........I will remember all this in the next election, who helped with a plan when the economy was down, and who sat on the side and just called names..........it's all about PARTY FIRST PARTY FIRST for the Republicans.......heck with the country.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. Isaac

    If we slide into Socialism, it isn't Obama's fault. Rather, it's the failure of capitalism on Wall Street that is to blame.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  16. Latoones

    That's what I love about coming to the CNN website. No matter what's going on in your part of the world, you can always get a real big dose of reality or not here. For goodness sake, our president has only been in office for a little over a month. He was literally given a raw deal when he entered office and he knew what he was getting into and didn't back away from it. He's trying to get us out of this black hole that the past administrator did. So while we're laying blame and criticizing him, why not do this . . either be part of the problem or part of the solution. I choose the latter. President Obama, I stand by you wholeheartedly. Remember, the last time I checked, you have to spend money in order to make money and from where I stand, he's trying to do just that!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  17. Justin

    I'm not sure whether Huckabee, DeMint, Boner, Palin and the like are more stupid or more dangerous. Anyone who suggested "taking to the streets" to reverse Bush's policies of domestic spying on people like me (an Iraq veteran who deployed and called home), unnecessary and costly invasions of sovereign countries, and general erosion of 95% of the Bill of Rights (all but the second half of the Second Amendment) would end up in a secret prison or GitMo.

    I'd never ever ever think I'd wish this on anyone but...hopefully these guys will get brain cancer and die.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  18. Jacob Morris

    If it walks like a socialist duck, quacks like a socialist duck, it probably is...

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    The Dems have always been about socialism, but only after the wealthy and powerful have reserved most everything for themselves.........which includes most of Congress, and the White House.

    Then they are happy to allow a little trickle down to everyone else.

    Too bad neither party, really gives a hoot about the common man.

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  20. Simpliticus

    Imagine how Republicans would react to the Titanic being struck by an iceberg! "No reason to be alarmed and there is no need to consider leaving the ship"! These guys caused the problems that we are in and the only thing these guys have to offer is CONCERN! These Neagitve Nellies only look to '10 for their chance to gain and that is all these offer! NOTHING!

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  21. terry maineiac


    Do any of you remeber what happend with Russia or with China or with Canada

    "They acutally had a list for those wanting a house, first come first serve, and if you were not next in line, the person could not get a house, is this what we really want — how about standing in line for 10 hours to buy a loaf of bread — is this where the US wants to be heading or do we still want to be able to go to the grocery stores, malls and buy what we need. Do we want to have military troops walking the streets, do we want free speech, pay attention people"

    just who is they.. canada troops in the street ?

    February 27, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. tolstoi

    Most of the people who are afraid of socialism don't really understand what it is. Socialist policies don't always lead to Communist governments.

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  23. AEK

    $630 billion to overthrow a sovereign nation, okay with that. $780 billion to rebuild America, socialist or communist. That, my friends, is the mentality of the current Republican party and consequently the reason they are where they are.

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Stu, Charlotte

    Fear mongering coming from a southern Republican ?
    Now THERE's a shocker.

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  25. Will

    Jim Demint and Mike Huckabee have been the purveyors of Fascism for the past ten years in their support for Bush and other republicans. So who are they to slander Barack Obama? Mike Huckabee, it appears, is nothing more than a petty gossip (amongst other things).

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23