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. Steve-o

    Eric – Germany, France, Russia, Netherlands, Sweden, Canada. Heaven forbid our country sink into the depravity and despair of these refugee camp nations. "Socialist" is just another label.

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. liz

    The ignorance this guy is spouting is insane. How about you guys 1: learn the definitiion of socialism. 2: Come up with an answer that isn't feeding money into the hands fof the rich while cutting medical care and education to the poor.

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  3. David in Houston

    As usual...not a single idea put forth...not one solution offerred.

    And the repubs wonder why they received such a thumping in the last few elections.

    ...dinosaurs will die.

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  4. Judy

    I guess when your power base has completely eroded and your party is to blame for the BIG mess this country is in, you would rather point fingers and talk about ANYONE or ANYTHING other than how to get out of the mess you created!

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  5. Priscilla

    I guess it's okay for Republicans to ruin our economy, take America into the wrong war, and all the other lies and deceptions of the Bush Administration, but it's not okay for Obama to try to clean up the mess!!!


    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Republican comedy

    Here we go, back with the name calling but refuse to come up with a better plan to provide Healthcare and jobs. Typical Republican comedy.

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Majority or Minority?

    If ppl want republicans they would have voted for republicans. Mr. Obama hasn't held the presidencey with the flip of coin, it was the choice of the majority and he is fulfiling what he has promised. If the majority wants U.S. to be what they wanted it to be you got no choice but accpet it. That is what democracy means. If republicans policy works for the past 8 years, with no doubt McCain would be a president. First he was competing with an African American president that was a big advantage for McCain, but the economy pain is far painful. As a person what I want is who will give me job. Done!!! We gave you 8 years, u missed it, now we have to give another 8 years to Dems, then if they fail, then America can't keep trying a new party must be formed. That my personal thinking. Now it is time for the republicans to close their mouth and watch because you are a failure. Done!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Senshuken

    Since when is "socialism" a dirty word? The Cold War is long since over, the old Soviet Union never practiced socialism anyway. Here in the U.S., we've never practiced pure capitalism (the closest, ironically, was Hong Kong). Denmark, if I remember correctly, was pronounced as one of the countries where the population was ranked among the happiest in the world. They practice "socialism". I really don't see what the senator's complaining about. Someone ought to tell him that Stalin and Lenin are dead and that this is the 21st century.

    February 27, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  9. Frank Smigelski


    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Obama

    Okay we got the type of Socialism in which... the Politicians, wall street, and lawmakers know all the loopholes, lobbyist, and companies get involved in all this under the table money, investments, bonuses etc etc.. So these Politicians, lawmakers and lobbyist can pad their pockets.. and the country ends up going under.

    Then we got the Socialism where there are a few more laws, more guidelines. A Government that is realistic where there are less bonuses and exchanges with Politicians and lawmakers and our Country stays afloat...

    Hmmm. which would I want?

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  11. Dave

    Here we go again. The GOP, instead of offering intelligent and coherent alternatives, resorts to their old scare tactics, whining, and obstruction. Seriously, why can't you clowns come up with some original ideas of your own? Are you people really that dumb? Oh wait, your ideas have been tried and they're responsible for getting us into our current position.

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Priscilla

    I guess it's okay for Republicans to ruin our economy, take America into the wrong war, and all the other lies and deceptions of the Bush Administration, but it's not okay for Obama to try to clean up the mess!!!

    NOT!!! I applaud President Obama for his efforts and determination to help the America people. Republicans are so very out of touch with Americans! Wow, Republicans, get a grip!!!

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. NRMD

    I had been in this country for the last 15 years. I am sorry to say most Americans think about their parties (political and private) than their country. America is becoming a party country. Elsewhere people are divided based on their race and religion. In America, we are divided by party politics. Do any one love America? then leave your party now.

    February 27, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. Q

    I think the only people here who are playing the blame game is completely obvious...

    IT'S THE DEMOCRATS! All you guys can do is blame Bush or Republicans...

    I don't see any ideas coming from you all either...more of the same...

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. Larry, Apex, North Carolina

    Brian from Fort Mill, SC-you really don't have a clue, pal. Have you ever been to Canada or Mexico? Do you know anyone from those countries? You are a typical empty head who doesn't know what he is talking about...

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. Rico

    And what do you expect from the Republicans? Any idea that does not directly benefit them is always a bad idea.

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  17. Heather in Seattle

    Republicans, extreme socialism is bad, but not all aspects of socialism are bad, just like not all aspects of capitalism are good. Are you afraid that Obama will get his social programs to work and our country will end up better for it and you will have been proven wrong and have to change your ideas? Is it the change from what you have conditoned yourself to believe that scares you the most???

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Jackie in Dallas


    Are you reading the same blog as me? More than half of the comments have been calling President Obama a socialist (he's not), or spouting off about how he is killing the country. Interesting perspective.

    While it is true that certain regulartory commissions were "defanged" during Democratic Presidencies, if you check, you will see that those loosening the regulartions were the GOP, who actually did control Congress (you have to have a two-thirds majority in both Houses to control Congress).

    There is a lot of blame on both sides for the past. But we must stop dwelling on the blame game, and try to find out something that works. If you have better ideas, submit them on Change.org, the official website where ideas from the people of the country are then submitted to our new President. But I have to agree with Obama 2.0 down below: the honor system doesn't work for business and Wall Street. Nor does it work for the banking world.

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  19. ronald

    Name calling and no offer of solutions in place of an organized, though expensive, solution to our economic crisis is far short of an alternative.

    I personally am tired of the same old worn out rhetoric that the GOP
    Conservative wing's been tossing out since they lost so big in the last
    election cycle.

    What this country needs is ideas and cooperation, not negative talk and
    political posturing.

    February 27, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |

    Mike Huckabee is a Huck a BEEN. You been in the spot light long enough. You let Popeye McCain beat you and he didn't have his spinach.
    You let the worst candidate in the free world beat you. No pay checks here. You were fired before you were hired. You need a new career. No one needs a snake trader any more.

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. sonny c.

    No Sen. DeMent, Pres. Obama is not the top salesman for Socialism, you can thank Bush, Inc.,especially those great Capitalists, Wall Street. Most of America is too young to be spooked by the old Red Scare tactics but the GOP, especially the Old South branch are to dumb to realize it. They think that everyone in America thinks in the same way as they think in their own little provincial world. The Average American wants a decent job, environment to live in, security for retirement, affordable health care & a chance for their kids to go to college. They aren't uptight about what some wild-eyed Son of the South labels things.

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  22. Mark from Connecticut

    I'll gladly take this so-called "socialism" over the fascism of the past 8 years.

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  23. Obama for Prime Minister

    If paid medical leave and universal health care (including coverage for people with pre-existing conditions like myself) makes a country socialist, then Canada is a 'socialist ' country. We are also healthier than Americans, less likely to kill each other and in better economic shape. Why is that a bad thing?

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  24. TCM

    ALL you libs that have your noses up Obama's behind, need to step back, and breath some fresh air.....and put down the kool-aid. Those of you that are able to read and differentiate..need to study something besides Obama-laced websites. DeMint's 100% on the mark, and Obama himself admits it in his own writings, his wife's writings back it up, as well as the multitude of unscrupulous supporters that have funneled and laundered money throughout his campaign. If you truly care about your future, and the future of your children, or this country...you'll step back, and evaluate Obama's ideas and proposals and see that they are nothing short of poison for the economy of this country. Bush ran up the tab, but kept us safe. Obama's stepping on the gas and running up the debt exponentially, apologizing to our enemies, and taking away your rights....all simultaneously. Open your eyes, shut your mouths, and read for yourselves...it's not a Republican v. Democratic issue, it's the livelihood of the nation, a free nation, that's at stake...Obama only cares about power and control...and once you give it to him, it's too late...he's on his own agenda to create a state where he can do, and take whatever he pleases from whomever; and soon he'll turn on his very supporters....to feed the need.

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  25. Irishny

    I am shocked by democrats here sayi9ng thyat republicans should shut up and just go along with what Obama wants.
    That basically would mean we'd have a one party state!!

    How often did democrats support Bush's policies?? He was president right?
    By democrat logic,that must mean that the democrats were "objectionists" during the bush years?

    The opposition is there to call the government on when it does something wrong,not to be "yes men" for the president.

    Bush threw money around amnd look where it got us.
    Now Obama is doing the exacty same thing.

    Change we can believe in?? yeah right.
    More like "more of the same"!

    February 27, 2009 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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