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. lmj

    As a resident of Arkansas, I deeply regret that we have stuck Mike Huckabee on the U. S. He has one agenda–whatever Mike wants, Mike gets. Other than that, just a little blind ambition is all that keeps him going.

    Oh, yes, more tax breaks for the ultra rich.

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. IDU

    I just want one republican to say what the government would do in this crisis. And let me answer that question for them, it is this: NOTHING.

    Don't kick a dog when it is down....you might end up getting rabies.

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  3. jason

    it wasn't socialism when, starting with reagan, republicans started funneling money to the wealthiest of the nation. all that did was result in the greatest concentration of wealth in the richest 1% of country since ... you guessed it – the great depression. for the past 30 years, money has been flowing one direction, and we wonder why we end up where we're at.

    i find it amusing that the corporate welfare that we've had, especially for the past 8 years, was nothing but good ol' capitalism, yet when we actually try to help out people who could actually use it ... oh my god, we're socialists!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Bill

    Please I am sick and tired of these Republicans all they do is throw stones and have no clue in how this country can get out of the mess they have put us in.

    Senator jim Demit please do the country a favor and just go away!

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Andy in Austin

    Ken: February 27th, 2009 10:35 am ET - Thanks for bring up that very important point. The charge of socialism is as off the mark as the slurs used in the salem witch trials and the McCarthy Red Scare.

    Alicia February 27th, 2009 10:37 am ET - You cracked me up. Totally accurate. Bitter old Kentucky Fried Cracker

    Brad: February 27th, 2009 10:36 am ET - What we have now is not pure capitalism anyway. Regulations and agencies that made sense and acted as safeguards to the system have been dismantled by interested parties with successful lobbyists. These folks have serious financial interests in staying at the top of the economic food chain and have benefited handsomely from stacking the deck. Pure capitalism thrives when the playing field is level.

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  6. DEBradley

    Does South Carolina accept excessive federal funds by any chance? Or does that state contribute more than it takes in.

    He should refuse the funds as any good conservative would.

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. Bryan shelby

    The Republican Party is losing popularity and they wonder why?
    They are border line Facists

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  8. Ian

    Here is a politician that relies on sensationalism to get re-elected. Ignorant comments like this make our country look bad. Socialism is a label used by Republicans, just like liberal, to get votes. He knows that this country is not even close to being considered Socialist, but he uses the term to try and spark fear in his constituents' minds. If Republicans think there is overspending then say that we are overspending, but don't try and make the United States look foolish by calling it Socialism.

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. Mitchell from MS

    I love this stuff because it is so true! I see the stock market or to all you liberals the economy is down again today.....

    My My I see BIG GOP gains in 2010! Keep it up Democraps!

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. Di

    Thoght the DEM protected OUR RIGHTS. DO they all have thier heads in the sand? Obama is also threating our 1st and 2nd admendment rights. Guess he will not be redecorating the WH. That is what he stated in his speech? STOP THE PORK!!

    February 27, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Doug, New Jersey

    Thanks Senator for speaking the truth, however the ignorant libs of this nation still wont realize it even as they stand in the bread line.

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  12. deanz

    Is he wrong?
    You folks on the left side of the aisle are so enamored with centralized government, take good look at the happenings over there in Europe. It's not all berries and cream. Things may be bad here, but its worse over there. And Jay... If you love Sweden so much perhaps that is where you ought to be. Limited government (not no government) is how this nation became the greatest the world has ever known. This is how American Exceptionalism was born. More of Washington DC is not going to make the situation better.

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  13. Chad

    Thanks Jim DeMint for speaking the truth!!
    More government is NOT the answer.
    The scariest phrase in the English language is "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  14. chelle

    Nadine...what precisely happened in Canada?? For one – we aren't socialist...we have SOCIAL PROGRAMS much like yours – except we also have universal health care – our unemployment plan is more efficient – our retirement plan is similar. So stop pointing fingers at Canada as some scary socialist country. For another – the USSR was not merely socialist – in case you hadn't noticed – it was a dictatorship run by inhuman monsters. Being socialist doesn't equate with a lack of democracy. Many socialist governments have been elected democratically. Another thing is that Americans are terrified of the spectre of socialism without even KNOWING what it is!!! Uneducated use of a word does not make it true.

    But hey – cut taxes and leave it at that...that'll help build schools, hospitals and get you out of the recession. Every other nation in the industrial world is having similar problems and taking similar action but hey you are the US – you ALWAYS know best!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  15. Sama Mondeh

    The Senator has his facts mixed up and off base. He has probably forgotten how this country got in the mess that President Obama is trying to fix. Partisan polics has its place, but this is certainly not the time. The country needs serious thinking from all citizens to get out of this economic malaise occasioned by eight years of republican, conservative ideology. I will take Obama's "socialism" any day over what we are now going through.

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. Todd M

    The Republicans must try new arguments. These names didn't work 4 months ago before the election and they don't work now. I don't recall any Republican other than Ron Paul decrying the profligate spending of the eight years under Bush.
    The name calling won't work because the public sees the spending criticism as hypocrisy. No one is buying it.
    I am so disappointed. It's like they're not even trying.

    February 27, 2009 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. Nancy

    The Republican Party has become a joke! It is the party of no ideas and has made a business out of "The Sky is Failling" routine. They are going to have a real hard time attracting new and young voters. I am really tired of people believing that ONLY THEY work hard and have a work ethic. We have huge problems in this country, and at least we now have an administration that actually DOING something. Will they make mistakes- yes. Will they try to correct it-probably. Keep moving forward-President Obama. And to think I use to be registered as a Republican.

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  18. Republican in Oklahoma

    I agree but what alternatives to the republican offer other than more of the same as last 30 years that got us in this mess?

    I think these failed businesses need to go away (pure capitalist here) but many people in both parties (including GW Bush) that that would be a dissaster right now.

    So what can we do?

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. Anne

    If the Republicans had a plan for fixing the mess they got us into they would not be using these buzz words. They are still trying to rule by fear – it drove this country to the brink yet I have not heard one new idea out of their hatefilled mouths. They just do not get it.

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

    Well, WTH are we supposed to do??? Does anybody have any other ideas??? If not, then hush. If you do, we're all ready to hear them. If they're better than what we've got, then we'll go with it. I'm sick of these naysayers with no solid rebuttal or resolution. This is why I am a proud "Obamican".

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  21. Will

    Oh, by the way: CPAC stands for "Can't Paddle A Canoe"

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  22. Mike

    He is just a snake oil salesman(obama).

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  23. Pat Riot

    Don't blaim capitalism. We haven't had true capitalism in almost 100 years. If you understood the function of the Federal Reserve system and the business cycle you people would understand that our biggest enemy is more government. The closest thing to a free market capitalist society is Hong Kong. This region was also recently voted the most free nation in the world. Does it really sound ok for the government to have more regulations on the people than the people on government? Socialism is not the answer to problems created by central planning. Don't you people get it? This is simple government 101. A powerful government is dangerous to the freedom of its citizens. Government is not efficient and it is not sympathetic. Government is force...Period! The force to take from one by means of coercion and give to another.

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  24. tony

    So, based on the result of the last election as well as the state of the economy, are the Republicans the world's worst salesmen of capitalism and conservatism?

    February 27, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  25. Todd

    Hey Neel!! Shut Up!! How's that for idea. Not for Barrack, but for you and your bleeding heart buddies on here!

    You Libs did nothing but complain for 8 years – even when you controlled both Houses during that time (Oh, and did less than any other time in history with that control). It IS our turn to whine and complain. You all act like no Republican has ever lost a job, a house, or a life due to this crap! We have and will continue to do so – even more now with Dictator Obama at the reigns!!

    Funny thing is – even with no house and no job, not one of your lost your computer!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
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