February 27th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
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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. Man O Man

    So it's socialism when we spend tax dollars on to rebuild our own infrastructure and help our own people and to try to get us off the oil addiction by investing in future technologies. But it's what, capitalism when the same tax dollars are spent on social programs and infrastructure rebuilding in Iraq? On a $10,000,000,000 a month war in Iraq that Cheney and Rumsfeld scoffed at ever costing more than $80 billion a trillion dollars ago? And as for socialism, GW open those gates in the fall by his Goldman Sachs CEO giving $30 billion to his corrupt cronies with no strings attached. The republicans era is ending. They are becoming relics of the past. As Palin said in a right-wing radio show last fall, "God will decide who wins on November 4." Well, thank GOD for that.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Neutral

    I was never a Bush supporter, I called him CHIMP IN AN EMPTY SUIT.....NOW I AM CALLING OBAMA CHIMP IN AN EMPTY SUIT!

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. barb

    With China buying the american debt, will the new united states be labeled, made in china or owned and operated by china.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Matt

    Criticise policy, don't call the President of the USA a socialist. Typical GOP character attacks. Perhaps the GOP should fulfill their role as the opposition party and help drive legislation to the "middle".

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. john

    when will these Republicans shut up......they caused this and they wont fix it.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  6. Shawn L

    Listen to me people, this is sad. Many great minds have said a house(nation) divided will fall. If we are going to have democrats AND republicans for the "health" of the nation then don't both of them have to actually be concerned with the state of the nation? I'm sorry people but why do we need a two party system when one of the parties is only concerned with themselves, GOP! "All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent." T. Jefferson – listen to the man

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. Barbara C

    It is surprising to me that the Republicans are so resistant to the government doing what it is supposed to do. Take care of its citizens. They should do what is good for the majority, not the minority. If we don't care for the least of us, what then is the purpose of government? The rich don't need government, they just like to use government for their own selfish needs. That is exactly why we are in this position. We need to re-build our schools, help our kids pay for their education (the more educated the people, the better the economy; they should not have to go into "indentured servitude" to pay for an education); provide health care for our citizens – how can other countries provide health care? Why are drugs more here than anywhere else? We can do so much forbusiness and the wealthy, lets start doing for everyone else.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  8. New Yorker

    "rightsaid" is wrong. Even the few of the honest democrats will admit that their hand in the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac debacle sent us spiraling. Stop trying to blame the GOP;some of them may be corrupt /immoral but not as many as in the democratic party. That's a fact.

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  9. xargaw

    How many times does DeMint have to be completely discredited before the media ignores him?

    February 27, 2009 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. TS

    Randy – Obama has only been in office a little over a month. You gave GWB 8 years. Can't you give Obama some time too.

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

    Republicans have given up on calling their opponents' LIBERAL. Their new buzz word is "SOCIALIST".

    Well Senator DeMint, I'd rather have our president's socialism than your excrement.

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

    Is Jim Demint rich? Will he give up his pay along with the other GOP idiots to the homeless who haven't been doing the job they were elected to do for the last 8 years or longer? Did he sound the warning sirens when Bush was messing up and spending money? Did Mr. Demint call 911 when China was sending us tainted goods or flooding our markets with cheap low quailty merchandise with inflated prices. Did Mr. Demint call 911 when there were so many illegals in our towns, that I thought I was on vacation in Mexico. A letter to you!

    Dear Mr. Demint:
    Please go back in your closet and take the GOP with you!!!! You have been hiding along with McCain, Jindal, Shelby, and Mr. Boehner while the FAT CATS OF WALLSTREET, your friends SHOPLIFTED America.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Dennis

    Its funny to me how so many people who respond here talk about how Republicans should shut up, stop the name calling, yadda yadda yadda, and then they turn around and do the same thing. The problem is that many that voted for Obama will have no part in anyone critisizing him. The great thing about our country is that we have at least two parties, we should have more, but that is better than one party controling our government. I am not happy with the Bush years, but it was not just him, it was Democrat's and Republicans in Congress as well. We should all be very wary of the path we are headed. To say that we should embrace socialism, which I believe we already have many socialist programs in action, is to say our founding fathers were wrong to want to prosper as individuals when they came to this great land. Rome did not fall in a day, it was a slow erosion of the system. I believe that is what we are seeing today. You can call it being progressive, I call it moving away from our values and eroding what is truly important.....dedication, the ability to overcome, smart personal decisions, restraint, and many more. Our Government is becoming to big and we will all pay the price for that soon.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. Sharon

    Oh, Please Dear Universe..Save us from these Bi-Bull Thumping, Gun Loving Conservatists!! They are all NUTS!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. donna

    Obama could govern from the moon for all I care...as long as it works and people can stop feeling the brunt of this crisis, then it can be socialism, capitalism or whatever "ism" it needs to be...stop whining and name calling...where were all these MONDAY MORNING ECONOMISTS when Bush was dwindling his inherited SURPLUS and not putting the COST OF THE WARS on the accounting books?? Seems like you would have KNOWN that we would end up in with this mess...

    Obama is still the PRESIDENT..get over it....

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  16. yellowdoggie

    What's wrong with being a Socialist, I want to know? If it was good enough for Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, H.G. Wells, Jack London, George Orwell, Helen Keller, Nelson Mandella, Martin Luther King, Jr., then it's good enough for you.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  17. walleye

    You should not expect too much logic or intelligence coming from the southern bigots. He probably gets all his information from Limbarf or Hannity. Now that I think about it, maybe the GOP can run these two morons in 2012. Then you will see a really big Democratic windfall.

    February 27, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  18. Agbons David

    ok splendid, what's the alternative solution? The US needs one desperately – it's no time to figure point.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  19. FactCheck

    Do any of you remeber what happend with Russia or with China or with Canada — did socialism really work??

    I strongly suggest you finish high school. Then maybe you can have a conversation with the adults in the room.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. susie

    Helllloooooo......the Democrats have had power for the last two years, so stop blaming all the problems on the Republicans! An article on "Community Reinvestment Act" needs to be shown and show who is really at fault. It looks like the Dems have a lot of responsibility on the state of our economy.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. red

    I think that everyone here needs a clue... so here it goes

    100 Senators
    435 Congress men/women
    1 President
    9 Supreme Court Justices
    this equals 545 people that are directly responsible for the domestic problems that plague this great country. if they want war there is war, if they want big and complicated government well guess what? if you have an issue contact your representative then let them know how you really fell, but ya know what not a single one out here will even bother.. So stew in your own juices America you elected them...

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  22. George Jackson

    I prefer what President Obama is selling, whatever you want to call it rather than having my country in the toilet, where it currently resides. Thanks to the Republicans, America is in the tank.

    They have NO authority to criticize anyone.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Jo

    Well what else is new? Another day another republican voicing their dimwit opionion. If a republican is against it, then it must be good for the country, because they don't want anyone in this country to succeed. They are hoping by keeping everyone down they can boost themselves up. WRONG. Americans can grown up and so should the do nothing party.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. gsawalker

    Eric and Neil

    I agree totally!!

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  25. Karen

    So Sen. Demint why don't you tell us how you did it in South Carolina. Oh wait it is one of the poorest states in the union well except for that little tax haven for the wall street club in Charlotte. What a slick manipulator you are. Use inflammatory words and incite people to riot over what!!!! Fairness being introduced in the system. What happens then your rich buddies who bought you that seat in the Senate might not have as much money to line your pockets with. Where were your cries of outrage when for 8 years this credit card bill was being run up. When outrageous mortgages were being sold to people. When people were dying in hospital waiting rooms because there was not enough people to see them and lack of any care until they were dying. Who will feed and cloth their children. So here is my inflammatory word – you sir are a fascist! Serving your corporate non-human masters.

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
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