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. Eddie B.

    These Republican Conservatives are unreal. They really reaped the benefits while corporate america ripped off the American people under Bush. Their lack of regulation produced nothing, but ethics infringements and pushing this country to the brink of a depression with greed. When the US was bailing out their buddies on Wall Street, it was fine, but when the government helps the people that are suffering as a result, it is socialism. They sicken me and are desperate!

    February 27, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  2. Keith

    Me thinks South Carolina is still not a beacon of political thought. It's probably also sure money that their good Senator will continue to be inconsolable over the election of a biracial President.

    February 27, 2009 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Lee

    The best socialism salesmen have been these republicans who rolled backed New Deal regulations and allowed unbridled greed and capitalism to FAIL in the most spectacular way under their leadership the past 8 years.

    Now the republican party is the "know nothing" party, the hate party, the party of treason, secession and the old confederacy, the anti-science party, and the party against modernism and progress.

    It has become the party of ignorance and hate led by their corpulent drug addicted leader, Rush Limpbaugh. Even educated conservatives, like David Brooks, Frum and Peter Buckley have decried the "dumbing down" of republican thought and ideology.

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  4. TonySD

    I will take socialism over dictatorship (Bush Administration) any day! Come on guys...Socialism? You can do better. Fact: The Democrats are in control now and you cannot fathom the thought and will do ANYTHING to twart President Obama's leadership! Why werent you screaming about deficits when your president took us to an unauthorized war under false pretenses and racked up the worst deficits in American History? Why? Because your partisan; I mean look at your party.... continue this rhetoric and you all will find yourselves without a party! Score: America 1 REPUBLICAN BIGOTS 0

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  5. Laverne

    Insults, insults, insults from the right, but yet again NO real ideas or solutions from the them, except cut taxes and cut more taxes. I think Bush cut taxes while engaging America in 2 wars and all it did was put us where we are right now! To DeMint and the others in the party of no, instead of being a problem finder, how about becoming problem solvers or is that asking to much?

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Robert

    I'll take socialism over the fascism the GOP were offering.

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. John Sullivan

    What does "take to the streets" mean? Is the Senator advocating rebellion? It's been awhile since South Carolina stirred up trouble. Another man fron Illonois may have to take care of that state this time also.

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. bendo

    the gop, the gift that keeps on giving!

    February 27, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. debbie

    Ahh Republican fear-mongering. It's what they do.

    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. Marydoe

    Does anyone really believe these guys will "take to the streets?" Oh, c'mon. It's amazing how a word's meaning can be stretched and expanded so many different ways. Socialism is already in play in this country when you consider who is in charge of the infrastructure. It's not in private hands and I would question the idea of putting our infrastructure in private hands. Do we want the Saudis or the Chinese to own our roads, bridges, etc.? I think not.

    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  11. Rick from Murfreesboro, TN

    I am sick and tired of the Republicans trying to paint Mr. Obama as a socialist. It is their fault that we are in the mess we are in. The Republicans were in charge of Congress for twelve out of the last fourteen years. They controlled the White House for the last eight years. This deficit is Bush's not Mr. Obama's. It is time for the Republicans to either help to get us out of this mess or for them to stand out of the way. The American people spoke in the elections, we want something different from the tired old rhetoric of the Republican's. They need to remember that this nation was founded by liberals and moderates who were tired of a conservative British government. During the American Revolution the conservatives were known as Tories and they fought for the British. Every real advance we have made in this country has come about after we have pushed aside the nay saying conservatives and have gotten along with the business of running this country. Right now we are reaping the results of Ronald Reagan's idiotic economic policies and his removal of governmental controls. Conservativism has failed in this country just as it has failed in the past and it will continued to fail in the future. Working people are constantly getting screwed by the rich conservatives who only want to make money for them selves and their toadies. We have had enough of this old way of thinking.

    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. RS

    When they have a better way to get us out of the economic crisis we currently find ourselves in, let me know.

    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  13. David

    I'm getting tired of my Republican "leaders" to get in the way of this country getting out of this deep recession. Accept that your ideas failed for 8 years and if you believe the President is bringing socialism to this country than shut up and let history judge him. If you are right, he will be impeached or not reelected along with many Democrats with a majority of this country supporting you.

    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. donna


    February 27, 2009 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. shelly

    Demint should have a recall. It would be like calling him the senates leading spokesman for fascisim. The president is no socialist and if the past 8 years of no leadership that the Republicans ,you might even think he is a little right of center. But with the crap that you did to this great nation drastic steps need to be taken

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. Obama Victim

    good morning comrades............perhaps we should call him
    "Premiere Obama"

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  17. Jon

    Go ahead and take to the streets and while you're at it, grab a shovel and do some real work instead of chirping about the evils of socialism.

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  18. Pete

    So, a sitting US Senator is telling people to "take to the streets"? A sitting US Senator is giving a wink and a nod encouragement for people to take up violence? Hey, Senator, does the name Timothy McVeigh mean anything to you? Just in case some chucklehead decides to be McVeigh the Second, we WILL remember you said these words.

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  19. Pro-Socialist

    American style capitalism caused this mess Senator Demint. You want to meet in the streets, I'm more than willing to fight you and your thugs for control of this country you've ruined.

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Republicans = window lickers

    And the Retardlicans are the best salesmen of economic depressions. "Follow our economic policies and we can promise you economic prosperity..........if you are a millionaire already"

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Dexter in Houston TX

    Sen. Jim DeMint, Jindal and Huckabee, please tell Americans your great plan, we're waiting to hear the "Republican solution" to the economic crisis...please tell us.

    How's the air up there Republicans, I'd like to know because down here in the real world we need people with real world solutions not politics as usual...

    Allow me to make a suggestion to you gentlemen...SHUT UP!

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  22. David, ID

    And Sen. DeMint is the world's best example of an idiot.
    He has no idea what Marxism or Socialism is... Maybe if he tried cracking a book now and again instead of just trying to hurt a political opponent.... I could claim he is a follower of McCarthy, but I don't know the Sen. even knows who that is.

    February 27, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  23. Obambi

    Pelosi and Reid are the brains behind the New Socialism–it is very obvious that Obama is just the messenger....scary.......

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Jose

    And these men are absolutely right. For some reason, everyone is so caught up in the Obama personality cult that they will not even stop for one moment and ask how much money two trillion dollars is.

    And where is it coming from? FYI, we're not writing a check off of money we have in the bank. We are BORROWING it. How long do you think we can continue to borrow this way before our nation goes belly up financially, the same as happened to systems that were run this way in the past (USSR, Argentina, N. Korea, Brazil)? Socialism doesn't work, and people need only look up the definition of socialism to find that that is exactly what Obama and the Democrats are doing. Or do we think it can't happen to us, since "we're America?" Think again.

    Not that CNN will post a comment agreeing with these conservatives....

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  25. Concerned in MA

    I'll use Obama's own words to describe his policies:

    "You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig."

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
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