February 27th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
11 years ago

Senator calls Obama 'world’s best salesman of socialism'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/02/27/art.bocu0227.gi.jpg caption="For the second time in as many days, a prominent Republican has likened Pres. Obama's policies to socialism."]

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. Niki, New Jersey

    Mr. Huckabee and Mr. DeMint, America can no longer afford Capitalism since the last 8 years of it brought this country to its knees. You call it Socialism, the rest of us will call it cleaing up after George Bush.

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  2. Bernard

    1st, who heard of this guy outside of SC before now? And 2nd, why are GOP representatives trying to launch a violent insurrection against the President? During the election I had to stomach Gov. Palin accusing the President of "palling w/ terrorists" while people were hissing racial slurs & calls to lynch the then-democratic candidate; now I have to read about Sen. DeMint calling people to "take to the streets"? When will the Neo-Cons understand?

    I know these guys don't get elected if the people aren't motivated into a crisis-mode every two years. But. Every economist on the planet is saying our nation hasn't been in this much trouble in decades. A new approach is needed, no? Why not roll up your sleeves and help your neighbor instead of stubbornly sticking to 30 year old ideologies that probably got us stuck here in the first place?

    I mean, not like the GOP won't win another election. They can just do what they did in 2000: snatch the country's economic growth, squander it, then blame their poor decisions on the outgoing Democratic president, CC Fox news to spread the Word & they're good, right?

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Derrick

    What DeMint says is essentially true. To be more accurate, Obama's policies are those of social democracy, which is slightly different from pure socialism.

    However, after 8 years of corporate socialism, the Republicans have lost all credibility with me when it comes to fighting this. Where the hell was their outrage when Bush was doing the same thing?

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  4. michael

    Obama doesn't have to 'sell' socialism - the zero oversight theology of Jim DeMint, GW Bush & Co has already forced it on us.

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. Artie

    Maybe someone should as these senators what they think of 100,000 people losing health insurance every day. It's blatantly obvious that we need some nationalized guarantee of health care, otherwise the overall cost to our society will be enormous.

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  6. Keith

    I find it ironic that Sen. Demint who marched lock step with President Bush and his cronnies while they drove our country into a depression , is now doing everything possible to prevent a recovery that would benefit the majority of Americans. Sad, sad, sad.

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  7. Craig

    I'm wondering where republicans are buying their credibility, because they used what little they had left at the end of Bush's second term. I mean they did such a fantastic job with the whole 'fiscal conservatism' thing that they wasted a budget surplus and left us with record deficits. Then they have the nerve to tell us that we should just 'pull up our bootstraps' to get us out of this mess. Personally, I'm really not interested in any republican politician's opinion on or help with anything having to do with the economy. They have done way too much already.

    February 27, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. M.R.

    And did Huckabee say that of the previous administration also? Because the government bailout of the banks started with Bush...

    The Republican party had 8 years to figure out how to keep the catastrophe we are all now living from occurring; where were all their bright ideas then?

    If the Republican party wants to rebuild, then I say to stop the mudslinging...and actually formulate a contrasting plan with real specifics. Back up the talk with action, and then maybe more people will pay attention.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  9. Maureen McMurdo-Chapman, New Britain, PA

    CPAC and it's fawning "please pick me" crowd are a bunch a whiners! Socialism indeeed! When was the last time one of these so-called conservatives lost their home to foreclosure or had to decide whether they could put food on the table for their children or pay the mortgage or rent? Most rich people in this country don't have a clue and don't care about the rest of the country that is suffering.

    They whine because they want to distract the rest of us from the absolute financial debacle they've caused in this country. What a joke they are.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Tina in Phoenix

    I get so tired of hearing this bull over and over again. REALITY CHECK!!!! We've never been a purely capitalist, free market society. Never, ever, ever! Plus I always love people who have their lives made in the shade who complain about tax payer money being spent to help others who are less fortunate. Huckabee and DeMint will never want for anything for the rest of their lives because of their jobs. If more socialism will get us out of this mess that unregulated, 'free' markets have brought us to, then I say, fine with me.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. Whammybar

    Jim Demint, you republican. Hey, try fixing our problems instead of calling people names. This seems to be the mantra of the conservative group. Get your face in the media and call somebody a name becuase they don't think the same way we all do. By the way, what's your great solution to the mess the were in? For the good of the country stop being a politician until this crisis is over and then you can go back to playing political games and call people names all you want. You were elected to serve the people, all the people! Your partisan behavior in a time of national crisis is pathetic.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  12. Leo D, PA

    Like General George Patton emphasized, trust is a false hope when
    dealing with socialists, and the Army will keep America strong. It is
    time to act now, like President Obama mentioned; however, he was
    speaking on behalf of big government and the Stimulus Plan, which,
    now has shown a reverse trend,with every taxpayer holding about a $35,000 debt to be paid off? When, and if the Stimulus Recovery Plan
    starts showing an economic turnaround, we should all expect a return
    on our investments; since monies have been flowing to banks, etc....

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  13. mac

    So??? We've had socialism for the rich for years! It's called "trickle-down" economics. Maybe, just maybe, one day the Republicans might have some new ideas, but I'm not holding my breath.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Craig- Easton, PA

    I saw the headline and I thought either DeMin or Inhofe. Gotta wonder what alternate universe these guys live in. They'd watch the whole country go down the tubes gladly while genuflecting to the great god Market. That's the same Market that gave us such stellar free enterprise advocates as Bernie Madoff and Enron. No wonder the public now has more faith in government than business.

    February 27, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Maggie

    Hey, DeMint, Bush was a would-be dictator who made himself and America look like fools. Where were your criticisms then?

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Andrew

    SO the conservatives are hard liners that want to go back to the old, failed, traditional ways of the past. Where the rich stay rich. The poor stay poor. The rich have the power. The system only works for the rich conservative, religious fanatics.

    Is that the GOP vision, or did I just describe every oppressed Middle Eastern Country.


    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Jim in Texas

    //////////Here It Comes/////////
    Under Obama’s new Government Taxation Plan
    on our SMALL BUSINESS we will pay:
    INCOME (Rich Tax): $250,000; $10-20,000+ a year
    SOCIAL SECURITY (Increase): $50,000+ a year
    ELECTRIC: (New Tax on Energy): $6,000+ a year
    HEALTH CARE (Government Plan): $100,000+ a year
    TAX DEDUCTIONS (Loss): $7,000+ a year
    We will be forced to lay off 10-12% of our work force
    and raise prices to the consumer by 20-22%……so everyone
    pays in one way or another. The definition of rich being
    $250,000 income…….this is income used to purchase
    equipment, inventory and other items that we are already
    Taxed on.

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. ch

    Bumper sticker on sale at CPAC convention:


    I kid you not. If ignorance is bliss, these CPAC buffons are one happy group.

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  19. Dexter Skagway

    More knee-jerk overblown name-calling from the party that gave us an unjust, unwinnable war, an economic fiasco, torture as a policy, secret rendition, concentration camps, the stacking of government agencies with cronies, electronic eavesdropping, and so much more.

    If it is okay to call liberals socialists, then it is equally okay to call conservatives fascists.

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  20. Rob

    Too true. And soon, if we are forced to follow the policies of Comrade Kommisars Obama, Reid, & Pelosi, China and Cuba will look to us as examples of communist, socialist states.

    Obama, Reid, & Pelosi are know-nothing bums who want to force their failed pipe dreams of communism down our throats. Anyone who is a REAL American sees the disaster these 3 are pushing. The solution is simple: Send Reid and Pelosi packing in 2010. And in 2012 do whatever you can so that Nobama can add to his list failed community organizer, and failed president. Then we can turn around to all those lib freaks who spewed "Jesus was a community organizer" and say "Yeah, well Jesus didn't fail like Obama did."

    Keep REAL hope alive. Stay strong and soon the Dems will be out, then it can be time for REAL change to believe in.

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  21. AJP Richardson, TX

    Sounds like the Republican's are crying in their beer.

    Poor babies

    February 27, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. Andrew Mashburn

    It is a hilarious notion to imagine conservatives out in the streets. They would be forced to turn over their own SUVs.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  23. Unshrub

    The only thing republicans can do is call people names and use 30 second sound bites.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  24. Andi Kulp

    If President is a Socialist, Jim Demint and Huckabee are Facist.
    I don't think President Obama is a socialist, I do think Jim Demint and Huckabee are Facist, by definition, look it up.
    Prehaps the Republican Party needs to separate themselves from these guys, rename their party and start over. It's time.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. Audrey

    He's exactly right. Obama is talking people into forking over all of their money and freedom to the federal govt. Americans are nodding their heads while Washington usurps more and more.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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