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. MB

    The Reps blame Clinton for triggering the problems with the Economy, but when they were in control, they did nothing to stop it. The Reps had a surplus when they started and now look where things are at. Of course, they'll blame the Dem control off the house during the last couple years of Bush's terror as the cause. The Reps are all about blaming the Dems. They spend, but don't bother about who's going to pay for it. As long as the rich get richer.

    They claim we're heading towards socialism, but quite honestly, when I look at where the Reps were taking us, it's the lesser of two evils. The Reps want to have the ueber-rich and the poor. They want to control how every American lives their life and give them just enough to get by while they sit back and pat each other on the back and tell themselves what a great job they did saving Americans. The Reps feel they are superior and no one is capable of making any decisions but them and we really don't know what we want, but they're there to tell us.

    Fact is, majority rules. Guess what Reps.... You aren't appealing to the majority and if the majority wants more social programs that help the bottom half of America, then there's really not much you can do about. Your fear is from losing the power and wealth, not what it would mean to America.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. John Pa

    Bring it on senator. Were not afraid to meet you in the street.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  3. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    Kevin in Ohio February 27th, 2009 10:41 am ET

    We are no longer on the brink of socialism…. we are there, and on our way to Obama style communism.
    You could always move to Canada. Oh yeah, that's right – they're socialist, too! I guess you'll have to move to Mexico.

    February 27, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  4. AJ

    This just shows the state of denial in which republicans perpetually live. If the republican congress and Bush hadn't made such a hash of things, President Obama wouldn't be forced into the position of having to make the potentially unpopular decisions necessary to clean up the mess. Republicans have no credibility at this point so they really need to clam up until they have redeemed themselves (if that’s even possible.)

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  5. HBO

    Calling all Evangelicals?

    Was Jesus a capitolist or a socialist? Please provide scriptural references.

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Mike in Ca

    Stirring up hate and fear is still the right wing nuts only response to our problems. Governing by slogans, and the todays is "socialism".

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. Jack Hernandez

    Better than a Republican fascist state

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  8. ERS

    As far as I'm concerned the Republicans have absolutely no credibility and no right to make any comment about the current economic state...or anything else for that matter. These guys got us in this economic mess with their 'war on terror' (keep the American public in fear they won't know for sure what we're doing), never ending pork (how about the bridge to nowhere?), and tax cuts for the wealthy . They refused to see the signs of an economic downturn and do something about it before it got out of hand. I feel like I'm listening to a bunch of 5-year olds angry because their guy didn't win the big race. Get with the gameplan folks...you guys are supposed to be working FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE..ALL AMERICANS...not just the rich and famous but the little guy too! We've had enough with business as usual. If you don't have an alternative that makes sense (and obviously your 'tax cuts for the rich' did absolutely nothing so I don't want to hear that anymore) then keep it shut.

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Eric

    So the conservatives need to take to the streets to prevent our slide into socialism? Refresh my memory here, wasn't it a Republican that initiated our slide into socialism with TARP? And during the last eight years, should Democrats have taken to the streets to halt the rise of oligarchy? Sorry folks, but when the income growth rate for the working poor declines by 3% (which it did during Bush's first term), and the income growth rate for the top 0.1% grows at 9%, and the top 0.01% grows at 18%, you've got yourself the makings of an oligarchy. Unequal distribution of wealth is a fact of life. Absolutely. But when the incomes of Americans are distributed this way, you get our current situation.

    February 27, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  10. jazz

    I think it's very hypocritical that the GOP never complained or raised any concerns over the spending by the Bush administration, and are now screaming about spending. They need to realize that what they did got us where we are, and something different is needed. The Obama plan IS different; not more of the same, which the GOP wants. I'm starting to think that the GOP should definitely push more spending on education for themselves, since they don't seem to get it....

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Mike

    I think that the policies of Obama and his new administration are going to ruin the creativity, morals, values, and sense of hard work that has made America the world's greatest superpower.
    Taking money from those who Make the Money is not going to encourage young, intelligent, entrepreneurs to build a business which will give American's jobs.
    Social economics DOES NOT grow new jobs. The best business grow and the worst ones fail. This is what keeps the world moving forward, which is a sense of trying to be Better than the next guy and producing a product that is better than the next.
    Taking money away from those who are achieving Greatness and giving it to those who are Lazy, will Ruin our country and penalize those who have worked their whole lives to be the best.

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  12. G.O.P.: When you got NOTHING, you go nothing to lose

    Pray for the end of the Republican party.

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. woodwoman

    We already socialized losses when we bailed out AIG, etc. Why not socialize profits? Maybe then the ordinary guy would get some benefit from all the money we're handing to the fat cats. I say, let 'em fail. Somebody will be around to buy them up.

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  14. Glennis

    Two words: he's right!

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |

    if only stalin and lenin had been able to nuke these guys..........

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  16. Limbaugh, "Just shut up, when you win, you can do as you want!

    Tell me how is it that the democratic MINORITY that was vetoed all the way through the Bush presidency have any part in this debacle?

    Nice try, but the blame lies in your lap! You had your fun now let the adults come in and do what needs to be done to fix your mess. This country can't handle any more Republican greed!

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  17. Hammer time

    It's deja-vu all over again. Remember the 80's and the tax payer bailouts of financial institutions? Remember who was running the show then? The apple don't fall too far from the tree. Maybe Jeb can save us or we can call on the forgotten Bush.....Neil.

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. thomas

    Senator DeMinted – I know you are, but what am I?

    February 27, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  19. MikeMaz

    Do these peopel realize who was running the country the previous 8 years?? Do they realize who got us into this mess? All these ridiculosu speeches make the republicans look more ridiculous every day. No ideas, no hope, nothing.. just criticisms. Look in the mirror folks..because you havent done that yet. railing off with no ideas, throwing a black guy as head of the RNC as well as an Indian guy who botched the response is not enough.. the RNC is so transparent and sad that it is a dying breed of old dinosaurs

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  20. Jim

    Shouldn't Mike Huckabee be off somewhere denouncing evolution?

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  21. Yep

    Sadly this doesn't at all surprise me. The republicans do the same old thing over and over again. They gain control of Washington and financially gut this nation. All the while blaming any one other then themselves. Then they lose control of Washington and for the next 8 years spend what little mental capacity they have, to come up with conspiracy theories. Thats all they ever do. They are a party that has finally been shown for there true colors. And America as a majority just simply doesn't buy into it any more. What republicans have done to this country is a disgrace.

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  22. Jose

    Eight Years of Bushs unchecked madness has opened the door to the Obama Socialist Republic . The Clinton years of less WELFARE will be reversed with Obama . The Clinton years of Budget surplus will be turned into yet an even bigger than Bush BudGet DEFICIT .
    In the middle of this depression Obama will also usher in Universal Health and Legalize 20 million ILLEGAL ALIENS so they too can enjoy the fruits of my labor and taxes .

    You gotta love him !!!

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. angelooo bad.

    So what? In all the advanced European countries limited social programs work perfectly. The main concern of the fat-cat republicans is that they will no longer have a stranglehold on the 95% percent of decent hard working Americans. No longer do we have to attend Yale, Harvard or Standford to have a chance at a decent life here in the USA. Corporate greed and the military industrial complex will finally have to share there greed with the rest of the citizens. Boo hoo, too bad...

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. b


    You’re hilarious! Telling what we supporters thought would happen. We unlike you don’t think that things will get better as soon as his elected. That is just plain stupid and ignorant after all the mess left around. Ignorant people like you scare the heck out of me thinking we expect a hand out. For your information I make more than 300k a year, and I am more than happy to pay my share of taxes, not because I want to but it is the right thing to do. I’ve seen the “conservatives” value at work and where it’s gotten us a global recession… Good job by the way. Easy to criticize after destroying the USA.

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. SEP in AZ

    Stop the socialism tirade for a minute and consider this:

    What if Obama's plan actually works?

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
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