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. Becky, Midwest

    Well, Duh! That's all Obama is: a salesman. People bought his dribble hook, line and sinker! LOL. Be prepared for four years of nothing more but 'inspired' speeches! It will be a four year long campaign.

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. america first

    President Obama is keeping OUR money here in the U.S, he's taking care of America, unlike the last administration did, you spent our money in other countries, you spent it on wars that were not justified, we have a President now that cares about America, and we the people support him.

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  3. R Cross

    These CPAC people are some scary and dangerous people. I dont know why I bother to write. CNN alway moderates me:(

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. GOP = Geriatric Obstructionist Pityparty

    Is it not treasonous to propose a violent revolt?

    I would be very careful DeMented, seems you are on very shaky ground!

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  5. Dana from NY

    Well its better than the Communism of the last 8 years with GWB...so we can pick this all apart until the cows come home- at the end of the day its REPUBLICAN policies that got us into this 1 Trillion dollar debt by tax cuts and war... Obama's spending reinvests into the country creating jobs and actually putting money to use... so I think call it what you want, but it will work a hell of a lot better than the Republican song and dance of the last 8 years. They have no problem spending trillions on a unecessary war, and on tax cuts for the rich- but ask them to spend money on America and the American people and they call it socialism...go figure!

    February 27, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  6. Uriel

    These comedians have some nerve trying to scare people about socialism and expanding government. Where were these republican "conservatives" several years ago when governent size and spending hit infamous levels under a republican president and complete republican control of congress? This is exactly why the republicans and the neo-conservatives that have controlled their party lost credibility over years, and hypocritical comments like those in this article will only ensure they lose what little credibility they have left.

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  7. hateYT

    It's really more of a communist take over.

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  8. Jay

    Nothing wrong with a little socialism. Look at Sweden... it's one of the highest ranked places in the world to live.

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. P

    I'd say republicans get a dictionary and look up the definition of socialism ha

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  10. T Jones


    Republicans got us into this and now we are supposed to care what they think? THEY RUINED THE COUNTRY!

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. TracyM.

    If capitalism is to work, the private sector must take responsibility for its actions. They must care for their employees and their bottom line, and make sure their needs are met before splurging on private jets or huge bonuses. If capitalism is to work, it must have a conscience. The banks and auto industry came to the government looking for help. If the government is going to be ASKED to interfere in the private sector, then the government gets to call the shots. If we'd let them fail, our unemployment numbers would double or triple. It's an unwinnable situation, but I do believe Obama will be happy to hand over the reins once these industries get their feet back under them. I don't think it's socialism; it would only be socialism if Obama had announced he was taking control of the private sector. That's not how it happened. Again, Republicans are very good whiners - but solutions seem to be beyond their ken.

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Well, I have to say that the senator is wrong for the reason that the market rarely corrects itself. This is a time that it really needs a correction. The market seems that it is never willing to do the better thing or have forward thinking.

    If Obama was really aiming us toward socialism, then the nationalization of the banks wouldn't be denied as much as it is. Let's hear your ideas for keeping the finacial system from totally crapping up. Is that silence I hear? Yes it is because you don't have any other ways to fix the problem.

    February 27, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  13. Scott

    When did the Republicans stop even pretending to be honest and caring about the best interests of the nation?

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  14. Hispanic in Dallas, TX

    I couldn't agree more!

    I do not work to support the individuals in this country who are just waiting for handouts!

    Socialism has not place in America! This great country needs free markets and competition in order to grow and compete in the global market otherwise we will get left behind.

    No thank you, Mr. President, keep your socialist agenda out of my pocketbook!

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  15. Leah from FL

    Whipping the repub zombie into yet another frenzy. With this type of talk we might be witnessing our own brand of 'terrorist' being born here in the US. AND by the exact same group that states they are anti terrorist. They are terrorizing us with these false 'sound the alarms' statements.
    And what should we call the socialized health care that all of the Senators and Representatives are privy to – 'exclusive healthcare'? Do we hear them griping about their very own type of socialized healthcare only they can get – – nothing on that coming from them. Hey let's start there – yeah – do away with their socialized healthplan first. OK.

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  16. Marla

    What else would you expect from DeMint? Just more fear-mongering from the sore-loser Party of "No."

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  17. Kevin in Ohio

    We are no longer on the brink of socialism.... we are there, and on our way to Obama style communism.

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  18. Byron

    DeMint is just an other redneck in the Senate from SC... If Obama is a Socialism salesman... then Bush was a War salesman... and he bough Bush's product, including DeMint.

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Gary

    That's funny. I didn't hear the same comments when a Republican president and 40% of Republicans in Congress and more than that in the Senate voted for government bailouts of the banks (see TARP). If Obama is selling Socialism, were Bush and the Republicans selling Fascism or Authoritarianism (ya know, like Mussolini's Italy or Hitler's Germany)?

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  20. Sean

    This guy would rather continue down the same path that's gotten us into this mess that find something new. When something isn't working, try something different.

    February 27, 2009 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. R Cross

    or is it censors me:(

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. big daddy

    Pound salt Buddy.. Take your ideas and put them where the sun
    doesn't shine !! You guys had your chance with Bush..Move on with
    your life and do us a favor ,,RETIRE already !

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. THOMAS

    Senators, stop acting like monkeys and start doing whats best for the people of the United States. Pres. Obama is doing a great job, according to many of the people of this great nation.

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. Pragmatist

    I've tired of these McCarthy era diatribes from Mr. DeMint.

    He sounds just like those idiots on that HBO special "The Right Feeling Wronged". There were a bunch of loud mouthed hillbillies on that show calling the President a "Marxist" and a "Socialist" and NONE of them could accurate define those doctrines.

    Our President is an American, through and through, dealing with the mess that an incompetent Republican Administration, with the aide of folks like DeMint, has left. It is the actions that he must take in the face of their steaming pile of ____ that the right wing zealots call socialism. Yet they have no answers to their screw ups!

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Wow South Carolina senators are the best salesman for increased funding for education, they sure could use some.

    February 27, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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