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. Scott, Tucson

    Obama is nothing more than your typical tax and spend democrat and boy is he going to spend and tax us! His spending bills are going to make President Bush look like a true fiscal conservative.

    February 27, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. Desmond

    For all those selective deminted Bible-thumpers out there: Ever thought of considering the following verse from the New Testament, and scores of others like it?
    "Whoever has two coats, let her/him give one (note: not 0.07%) to her/him who has none"
    Might Jesus have been socialist? Oh, no! Not the Jesus of your greediness and prejudice!

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  3. 2010

    Senator DeMint likely does not even know what "socialism" is. They use this ridiculous rhetoric as fear mongering on the weak minded, while hypocritically supporting the socialized programs of military, SS, postal service, police, fire, etc. Give me a break.

    Here's a little history lesson for these absurd neocons: the National Socialist Party was actually FAR RIGHT. Look it up.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. geecee

    Jim Demented said this?? Okay, it must be true. When will the Rethugs learn that we are not listening to their hysterical ramblings that are only meant to stir fear, hate and discontent? Keep it up guys. You are only hurting yourselves. But you got nothing else so we expect you to continue your rants and obstructionism, negative comments and we don't expect you to contribute anything positive to help us out of the mess YOUR administration left behind. You guys just don't get it, do you? Good, keep it up and destroy yourselves totally. Fine with me.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  5. repub luvr


    UK, Canada, France, Germany, Denmark, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Australia, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Netherlands, S Korea, New Zealand, Iceland, .....

    Pretty much the rest of the industrialized world is more socialist than the United States. Full-on socialism is probably a pretty bad idea but then again so is full-on capitalism. I've been around Europe and social democracies have everything we have plus free college education, health care, etc.

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. One sane person

    I have just one question for all these "fiscal conservatives": Where was your voice when Bush was waging 2 wars and at the same time lowering taxes....how exactly did you think his war mongering was going to get paid??

    February 27, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. Josh

    These Right wing Nuts have trully lost their way in the wilderness they created – now they are calling for riots – one nut job even suggested the possibility of a nuke bomb going off in Chi Town. This people balooned the deficit by almost 6 trillion and now they are calling people socialist? The Justice Dept needs to investigate this incitemenet aimed at disturbing the peace. They need to be stopped.
    Give this NEW PRESIDENT A CHANCE. only the enormous power of the US Govt. can handle this problem – your so-called private bisinesses are all in trouble. Where is your so-called private investment coming from? May be SC, MI, LA or MN? We saw that nut job from Louisiana the other night. Is this their new leader or crack head Rush?

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  8. REF

    obama is a socilalist we need more senators honest enough to speak out about it. so all you kool aid drinking obama socialist quit put ting blame on the messenger this spending insanity will destroy this country so lets not bad mouth the messenger but the idiots like obama pelosi reid etc who vote for every spending bonaza that comes down the pike..also rember you govt receivers of direct aid that it comes from the work and sweat of someone else you ought to thank your lucky stars that you can get help and not just cry for more remember a govt big enough [obama] to promise you everything can also take everything

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Ex-GOP Gal

    Socialism is what the Republicans have brought us to. There is no other answer to get out of this. That is why they whine and complain but have no solid solution. And no, Pelosi and Reid had no power to do anything in Congress until this year.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. JL

    Really? Socialism? Are you sure? Coming out of 8 years of a dictatorship, I really don't care.

    This type of rhetoric is designed for one reason only...to tear Obama down because he's popular. The republicans don't like it...it really isn't about running the country.

    It would be neat to know how many of you blogging here have ever looked up the definintion of words like "socialist" and "communist" before throwing them around so easily. My guess is few or none. Do you even know the true definition of capitalism, or do you just repeat things like a trained parrot? It's time to break the trance and start thinking for yourselves, people.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  11. cubscoutmom

    Until the GOP come up with some concrete plans....nothing they say to me will stick...its like trying to hold water with your hand..and the water slips between your fingers...They had 8 years to do better..but they didn't, so shut the hell up...and stop trying to incite hatred for President Obama...The GOP are coming off like the bitter, hateful party I have nothing but contempt for them...this country is in a mess...and President Obama is trying his best...He only has been in office over a month while the GOP had 8 years to put us in the mess in the first place..

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Alex

    Obama has said multiple times that if the Republicans have a better idea, let's hear it. And the Republicans instead are wasting time by complaining about helicopters and boogey-man political philosophies that 99.99% of Americans don't care about. GOP: come up with a better solution - and one that doesn't require millions of Americans to go jobless.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  13. Scott

    For all of you complaining that the republicans are just squawking all the time and not coming up with alternative answers...get a clue. Their alternatives get squashed by the majority. I've read plenty of alternatives because i've looked for them. They're not hard to find, but don't expect the media to talk about them. Senator DeMint and Gov. Jindal have all kinds of great ideas that are far better than the socialism ideas that we're heading towards.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Di

    Before Obama was elected most GOP were aware of his Socialism views. At first I was angry but as weeks pasted, my Heart is broken for OUR COUNTRY! Dem need to pull their heads from the sand.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Frank

    define socialism...oh yeah, you can't. The american public is TIRED OF BEING TREATED LIKE IDIOTS by our representives. Throwing around button pushing name calling labels isn't going to get you elected anymore...git off the TV, git to work and fix this mess.

    February 27, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  16. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Coming from you, Senator Meatball-thank you for the compliment. Check out what crummy shape your state is in, and what backwards "leadership" you have in South Carolina before you start judging other people...

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  17. Eric

    Obviously these sorts of speeches at conference like that only serve one purpose: get the base excited. All of the derisive comments here just help to prove that.

    I don't doubt that the Republicans will indeed come up with something that sticks with more than the 27% that never swayed from Bush, but they haven't yet and I don't know that they will before the 2010 midterms.

    Until then, I apprehensively support this course. 62 million Americans (including me) voted for this sort of change and we're just going to have to see what happens. Meanwhile, I find the name-calling and insults to be completely counterproductive. Some of you really need to grow up.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. Rich People Don't Pay Taxes!

    Leona Helmsley said what all rich Republicans and Democrats want to say "I don't pay taxes; little people pay taxes."

    That is why they are so upset with the Prez; they will have to pay taxes now! LOL.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. Craig - Hastings, MN

    "Conservative": In my Websters it is defined as"Resistant to change."This so-called "Socialism" is a misnomer.Some don't want change because it threatens their "ideals" such as someone else picks up the tab while they do little or nothing except shift money around to make themselves more wealthy(on paper). Again while they do little or nothing to help the nation except blather about how THEY shouldn't have to step up to the plate themselves. Obama is at least trying to do something while these so called "conservatives keep trying to eliminate civil rights and CONTROL people by giving hem just enough to survive. TIME FOR A NEW PARTY PEOPLE. I submit we dissolve the GOP and put Limbaugh on trial for sedition. Maybe then some people will uinderstand tha WE are all in this mess together.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. Kurt

    Better a socialist than a Republican congressman, who with Pres. Bush destroyed the monetary base of this country through give aways and legislation to benefit the rich. Not to mention a costly and unneeded war in Iraq that sucked out billions of dollars to the defense companies while wasting our tax dollars. Give me a tax and spend Democrat any day over a don't tax, but spend like drunken sailor Republican.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. garry albrecht

    This republican like most others are defeatist. Their new-founded religion of principal is 8 years too late.

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  22. We'll meet you there

    It's a wonder that more of haven't taken to the street over the past eight years.

    If you want to meet us in the streets, Senator, prepared to be vastly outnumbered!

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |


    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Lisa P

    No surprises here. We got into this mess because Republicans can't figure out the difference between a good investment and a bad investment. I have no problem with Obama using my taxes to invest in the future of this country. After eight years of Bush & Co. flushing money down the drain it's about time!

    February 27, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. LivingLife


    You have a choice to make.

    You can either be a part of the problem (whine, name-calling, hate-mongering)


    You can be a part of the solution (ideas to fix this mess????)

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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