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. Chill out

    Deal with it the man is in charge. We had to deal with the lying dogs for all these years. So shut to hell up.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. JR 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 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Stop Obama!!

    Someone needs to stop the slide toward socialism that Obama has started. We voted for change, but not to change the foundations of our country. I applaud Sen. DeMint!

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. J.

    Yet another GOP obstructionist. Obama should stop with trying to be bipartisan because the GOP will never let him. America knew what they were getting with Obama and we voted for him anyway. The voters spoke and they liked his agenda...Oh and the GOP has absolutely no credibility when it comes to spending. Tax and spend is much better than borrow and spend.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  5. Margie

    Bush must of been the world's best fish oil salesman because he sold his socialism for the rich hook, line, and sinker to everyone of these same clowns that are now gripping about Obama.

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. illinoistom

    And to all you Obama supporters that said "he really doesn't believe all that socialism stuff. He will actually govern from the center," do you still think he intends to govern from the center?

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. Canadian

    I love how the GOP promoted "Country First" during the election but has proven otherwise since. The sore losers have done everything but put the country first with the new administration. GET OVER IT, YOU LOST!!! How about supporting the president in his ideas and plans for this country. Much how the rest of the world endured W for the last 8 years. If the plan fails, you get the last laugh but why not give the stimulus package the support it needs.

    You know why the GOP doesn't like the stimulus package? Because they know it has a good chance to work. And if it works, they've lost the White House not for just the next 8 years but possibly the next 16 years. People who think that the GOP is resisiting this package for the good of the country are blinded by the bigger goals the GOP has. Do your research before you criticize Obama. Give him some time. We are all responsible!

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Big Ed

    What a DORK! That is an arguement that will be hard to defend! DeMint is just another nobody trying to be somebody. Why don't you and your other knuckleheads go back to D.C. and help the people you are supposed to be representing instead of posing for the national media.

    If I were a South Carolinian, I would be telling my "Senator" to shut his face and get to work!

    February 27, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  9. Independent

    Get this idea from Hannity?????? You people are digging yourself deeper by saying such things....

    Your President spent, spent, spent and spent....and when the Dems took control of the Congress, than your President put out the old veto pen...a little late wasn't it....You all were happy when he was giving you what you wanted...now, it is a different tune, you will have to pay more taxes....You make all that money....you look down on the poor, do you help them....NO!!!

    As you told the Dems back in 2000, you lost so get over it.....I remember that so clearly...

    February 27, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  10. Stev

    I wish he would just shut up. After all the rubbish they've put us thought, they still have the nerves to be opposing common sense and intelligent approaches. I have decided to no longer become a registered republican. Republican ideas are like a winery putting old wine into new wineskins and claim it to be the best.

    February 27, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. jim

    Instead of offering SOLUTIONS all they can do is be the new bullies on the block. We are in one of the worst economic time's and republicans are acting like this is high school with all this name calling, here's an idea, offer some solutions, ask your mightly leaders Hannity and Limbaugh.

    February 27, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. gl, Pittsburgh

    brink of socialism which mean to the Republicans helping poor people. The Republicans really hate poor people and feel the government should not help them.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  13. Robert

    Sen. DeMint is suggesting that conservatives "might have to take to the streets?" The American people did not do that even when the leaders of the country broke the laws they swore to uphold. We voted them out. That's the way we do it in this country, Jim.

    Huckabee's comments are intended to set himself up for the '12 race. He's not helping himself; he's just creating more unrest. We tried it for 8 years with his party in control, and the world went down the toilet. Obama's been in for 5 weeks. Let him try something different than what the previous guys did.

    If his way doesn't work, you'll get your chance in '12.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  14. Frank, Philadelphia

    The more Jim Demint opens his mouth the happier I am. Demint/Palin 2012!

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  15. Marie

    How very interesting that every single comment on this board is pro-Obama, yet fully 42% of the public disagrees with what he says.

    I wonder who, oh who, is moderating the comments that make it to the board.....Could it be......an Obama supporter? No....never!! CNN and its hack employees would NEVER handle the "news" in a biased manner.

    CNN, you are pathetic. As are your so-called message moderators. Read: censors.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  16. Concerned in MA

    @ Jay

    Tell you what. If you think you'd be so happy in Sweeden, I'll buy you a ticket to go there... ONE WAY.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  17. Howard

    What do these conservatives know anyway. Haven't they and the Republican party been in charge for 28 out of the last 40 years??
    The republicans have done nothing but expand the government and the deficit during this period. Conservatives can say what they want, but now they look just like hypocrites. What ideas do they have to offer?? Let the financial system fail?? Let foreclosures ruin the housing market and blow the international finance market to shreds?? Who do they think holds all these bad loans?. They are banks all over the world. The problem is a world wide problem, and the US is supposed to be a "shining light" according to them. How can you be the shining light if your whole economy is in the toilet. At least Obama is trying something. I haven't seen the conservative or Republican plan. Maybe a reader can point me to it??? Calling people socialist is just ridiculous. What does that mean anymore?? I could call these conservatives: gap toothed, cousin marrying, closet perverts, but what does that accomplish. Come up with a plan to resolve this problem. Then I will call you smart. Otherwise, go to your basement and shut up!!

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Billie

    Our country needs socialism, and the only reason that these repubicans are afraid of it is because once we instill a socialist system, the people will actually be in charge. It means that their days of padding their pockets are over, and that the people will be at the forefront of policy–I am sure that for a GOP leader, that is a terrifying prospect! Ha Ha.


    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. ervington

    Seriously, can we please move beyond silly name calling? This is really front page cnn news? That a senator threw a scary name at a plan? No analysis of the plan, no analysis of the word being thrown around, no analysis of if the two coincide empirically....just, some senator used the word socialist so it's front page news? Can I get a job at CNN?

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. J.P.

    This stimulus is not "free" money. Someone will have to pay for it... in excessive taxation. The government has no money and doesn't do anything to make money. The government cannot give you a dime until it confiscates it from someone else first.

    Excessive taxation is precisely the spark that tore the colonies from the British motherland, and ultimately led to the birth of our great republic.

    No government can control an economy, without first controlling the people. And the "producers," the ones who bankroll ALL economic activity and prosperity in this country, will not sit by idly and go willingly into economic slavery.

    The producers will simply "go 'John Galt'" and will sit on their investment dollars. And when that happens, who will be left to pay for this socialist utopia currently being forced at gunpoint on the American public?

    Socialism has only killed 100 million people... let's give it another try, shall we?

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  21. Joe

    You guys are idiots. The economic downturn has been linked to greed and get-rich-quick strategies as well as policies instituted during the Clinton administration. Yeah some of Bush's policies didn't help but they wouldn't have been bad if there was some knowledge of what was about to happen. This is not Bush's fault and blaming Republicans is naive and something that democrats have become very good at. The American people are hearing what they want to hear and not what they need to hear. Obama's policies are not what this country needs right now and to call them socialist might be a little bit of a stretch but it's not far off at all. He needs to get a better grip on this and reach across the aisle like he promised (one of many promises not being kept so far). If he doesn't start doing this and everyone keeps backing him like he's the next coming, then he will drive this country further away from where it wants to be.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Matt

    Republicans seem to have a lot of fun labeling things and making shaky connections then they do actually formulating sound policy. Truly the party of "no".

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. rightsaid

    Who got us into this mess?

    Republicans have pushed deregulation until several different markets just couldn't take it. Sad fact is that the Fed Govt is the only thing big enough to (maybe) save us from depression. Obama is just trying to wield the federal power necessary to avert disaster. And it won't be his fault if it fails.

    The GOP brought us this mess.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  24. Robin Dawe

    Whenever some right wing nut-job speaks about his/her rejection of our President's actions to get us out of the mess they created, CNN feels the need to give it air time. Why?

    Leave those mushrooms in the dark, while the real men and women correct the mess they made. Ignore them – please.

    February 27, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  25. Randy

    People with work ethic and education have spoken and the market is down 40% since BO took over. The worst drop in history, including the great depression. I thought he was going to fix everthing? I have yet to see him paying peoples mortgage and bills like so many Bo supporters thought. Instead they are the first people who are laid off. Dont worry you can go make $8hr building a bridge or digging a ditch to fix a road! Global warming and Bo the two greatest rip offs in history, stupid little liberals.

    February 27, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
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