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. George

    A billionaire am acquainted with told me 2 yrs ago "am not a Republican, but thanks to GWBush tax cuts he has made me a wealthier man". So then it is fair to say that during the Bush years the rest of the 95% of the country was living in a oligarchy. Dont recall any of the current pool of conservative politicians currently crying out loud "socialism" accusing GWBush of plutocracy. The Republicans party has become the party of whinners, looser s but most of all "the Party of Hypocrasy".

    February 27, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. Chelle in Fla

    well why don't we let the banks fail and see what happens??? sounds like tahat's what the republicans want done. DO NOThing

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  3. LIP

    Can we please get it right. Stop confusing the budget with the deficit. Bush inherited a deficit from Clinton and Obama inherited a deficit from Bush. Obama is bragging that he will cut his deficit in half, but this amount will still be greater than what Bush inherited from Clinton. Spending more is not the solution to anything, but providing more entitlement programs which is what the Democrats are good at doing. It buys votes for them and that is it.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  4. Cecil

    This is so funny. Everyone else's fault but the repubs. Let's just call people names and criticize because we have No new ideas and everything is fine. There is a reason why repubs in Congress are becoming an endangered species, YOU CANNOT ADAPT NOR RECOGNIZE THE NEED TO CHANGE. Maybe 2010 will be a wake up call since you hit the snooze button in 2006 and again in 2008.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  5. JKT

    People who keep putting down Socialism have never tried it. Go live in Denmark or Sweden for a while...see how nice it is. Socialism isn't the boogeyman.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Deb

    The nerve of all this criticism when the Republicans are the reason we are in such a downward spiral. After almost ten years of doing what they wanted and trashing our economy they now worry about a big government? President Obama is working as best he could with the disaster he inherited. South Carolina is third in high unemployment...please Senator look in your backyard before you cast stones.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. JR

    If Obama is selling Socialism, what is the GOP selling? Fascism?

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Libby

    I saw a quote in an article about the new budget proposal: "We are all going to have to make sacrifices to make this work."

    As an American I am willing to make the sacrifices necessary, but I expect to be able to choose what I will sacrifice. With big government, those choices will be taken away or will be dictated. The reason that I oppose big government is that it requires us to have less control over our own lives. My interpretation of that is: We have less freedom.

    I would like to know what others think about this.

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

    To the person spouting how the Democrats have run Congress for "years", technically you are correct, as the number TWO qualifies as years. BUT THAT IS EXACTLY "ONE" Congressional Term... FOR SIX OF BUSH'S EIGHT YEARS, REPUBLICANS RAN THE HOUSE AND SENATE...

    republicans.. your arguments are disinguous. period.

    THANK GOD President Obama is pulling the curtain back on ALL of the budgetary shennanigans of the last 8 years....

    the Iraq war should have ALWAYS been counted in the budget.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  10. David M. Loucas, MD

    It does little good to wave banners of fear like the boogieman or socialism. This is just another empty-headed republican ploy. It is yet another scare tactic from another borg-like republican clone from the collective state of denial. Clearly Mr. Demint has nothing more to offer than fear words. He, like his coven of like thinkers, fails to take responsibility for the enabling, co-dependent actions that fostered the heinous and disastrous outcomes of that Incompetent-In-Chief in the white house for the past eight years.

    Mr. Demint needs to be reminded about what the message of the 2008 presidential election was all about. He still has not received the message from the American people: We don’t believe you; we don’t trust you, and we really don’t care what you say when you engage in that mindless exercise you call thinking.

    February 27, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  11. Jerzjen

    Did someone put drugs in the drinks of these people? They want to plunge the U.S. into thrid world chaos! Do these people hate America that much? The absolute hatred coming out of this convention is scary! Barack Obama was elected President of the United States by an over whelming majority. The policies he's implementing are the exact same ones he ran his campaign one. And the American people elected him. You don't like his policies fine. No one will. Not even Democrats. If they don't work, the American people will not re-elect him. GWB dragged us into a war based on lies, he should have been impeached. But you didn't hear Democrats talking about over throwing the government or any other such nonsense. The Republican leadership....if they have any......had better get control of whats going on, and better do it fast.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Terry in Iowa

    Virginia – Stalin is under your bed.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. MAtt

    This country was founded on capitalism it work for over 200 hundred years... just because it failed because some people got to greedy doesn't mean the system is flawed.

    Hopefully obama spends more money driving this country into greater and greater debt. I hope he raises my taxes... genious plan.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Bill

    Mike & Jim should stop whining and listen to the people. The people need help and Obama is making an offer.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  15. Nathan,

    The Republicans have no concept of what everday Americans are going and more importantly they don't care. They're not a growing minority because Americans have a love affair with Democrats, they're a growing minority because American are tired of them not caring about us, Americans. They throw this word socialism around as a political football trying to scarepeople. Couldn't the precription program the GOP approved under Bush be considered a social program. The fact is the Republicans could care less about wheather or not you or I have food to eat or a roof over our head tomorrow as long as their so called conservative priniciples are not compromised. These people are outdated and thus out of power.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. Jason

    Actually a comment like that coming from THEM, if I were Obama I would take it as a compliment. I'm sold.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Tired of Republican Nonsense

    Maybe its time for South Carolina to cede from the union...again.

    February 27, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. cheryl brooks from cali

    Thank God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Dean P Valencia Ca

    Attention Americans: Please pay attention to what is going on. Look beneath the mainstream media's adoration of the Prez and really look at the policies. You may not be so happy with what you see.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  20. Jerry in Florida

    Gentlemen, please continue to tell IT like it IS! And, I am a life-long Democrat.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. JMBarrett

    If America is sliding towards socialism, we must erect a monument to its father: George Bush.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  22. Minnesotan

    I have heard the statement by many leadership experts that Hitler was a great leader, perhaps one of the best because of his ability to speak and motivate people to act on his vision. He was also an idiot, but people followed him for too long to.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  23. Franky

    You know, last time I checked, you know who likes Socialism?? One of the brightest man in the world...Albert Einstein.

    And by the way, whoever said we give money to our people is called socialism?? Isn't that the free market?? Isn't that our system for the last 200 years?? So...when Conservatism fails, socialism exists, huh? Hey, we even play around over here as well, I mean, all that money we make and give, I guess we are socialists, LOL!!! Ohh wait a minute, no we are not, because we haven't failed yet, LOL!!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. JeffD

    I am sick an tired of hearing about how bad the 8 years were under Bush. Fact is the economy was booming in 05 and 06. Bush spent like a liberal and is a reason we are where we are at, along with many other reasons such the lack of fiscal personal responsibility by each of us. Obama is leading us to socialism plain and simple. I do NOT want his policies to work. I would rather be poor than live in a big gov't controlled country that he is pushing. If he comes up with reasonable solutions on lower taxes across the board (including the wealthy) spending less, etc. then I would support him. Until that day comes I hope he falls on his face.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  25. seebofubar

    Question, if your child was very sick and needed specialized medical treatment, how would you select the physician that you are going to trust with the life of your child? Would you select a doctor only by listening to what he says he can do for your child, or would you look at his accomplishments in his field and his success rate at treating your child’s illness? The problem with Obama is that he has no track record and NO ACOMPLISHMENTS. He has no applicable experience whatsoever. While serving as junior senator in Illinois not only did he fail to represent his constituency by voting present 314 times, he successfully sponsored only 3 bills over 4 years while having 112 of his sponsored bills defeated, not a good track record. We are starting to see that words, promises and empty accolades are meaningless, it takes experience, humility and a history of success to lead our country out of this debacle. We made a mistake electing this man. The sooner we admit it and ask out legislators to scrutinize every move he makes, the better off we all will be.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
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