September 1st, 2010
05:46 PM ET
12 years ago

Anchor notes: John King on Joe Miller

Washington (CNN) - Joe Miller calls President Obama "bad for America" and suggests he is leading the nation on a path to socialism. But the newly minted GOP Senate nominee from Alaska also has a message for the Republican Leadership. Not to mention unapologetic views on cutting federal spending and even possibly phasing out Social Security.

A few highlights from an interview taped Wednesday, the day after tea party favorite Miller clinched the GOP nomination. (Defeating incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski.)

"There is an opportunity to lead this country out of the crisis its in and I believe the Republican Party is well suited to take up that mantle," Miller said in an interview for Wednesday's "John King, USA." which will air at 7pm. "The question is whether or not there's the courage and leadership in that party to seize the moment and to recognize that the only way out of this is to get out of the age of the entitlement state to return power back to the states and recognize that central government is broken and see what we can do about fixing things and getting the government focused on those areas the enumerated powers that it should be doing. And the Republican Party can do it but it does require courage."

So is Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky the right GOP Senate leader or should the party choose a new one?

"Anybody that embraces this message can move it forward so that's going to be up to the Republican party. It's going to be up to the people of this great nation," Miller said. "I believe that the party should embrace that message. I think it is the future of this nation. I think it will lead us out of this mess. But let's just wait and see what happens."

Democrats have labeled Miller an extremist who would abolish Social Security. He is quick to make some important distinctions about those currently receiving benefits, but is forceful in making the case be believes major changes are needed down the road. Consider this exchange:

Miller: "Longer term there has got to be a move outside of that system. Ultimately we want to transfer the power back to the states so that states can take up the mantle of those programs if they so desire. In, you know, the shorter term, I think there have been many plans proposed that can move the shift or shift this away from government control and into a sector where we can actually protect those funds

"I mean if its a privatized system, for example, I can ensure that I put my money into an account that the government is not going to steal from. ... I think most Americans recognize that that system is broken and they understand that there has got to be a change longer term to bring back some fiscal sanity and to ensure that you can actually have something when you do retire rather than depend on these IOUs that when we go insolvent aren't going to be worth much."

KING: "It is an issue that you well know can be easily demagogued, so I want to deliver a statement. You tell me if it's fair or not: That anybody in the system or close to the system is fine. We won't do anything significant to change your benefits. But how about an American born tomorrow or born the day after Joe Miller was sworn in in Washington? Would that person perhaps grow up in an America where there is not a federal Social Security program if you got your way?

MILLER: "Absolutely.

KING: "That's a fair statement?"

MILLER: "No demagoguery there at all."

Filed under: 2010 • JKUSA • Joe Miller • John King USA • Lisa Murkowski
soundoff (230 Responses)
  1. Chris

    this guy is an idiot

    September 1, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. arthurb3

    So the true motive of the Republican Party comes out?

    September 1, 2010 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  3. JOe Taylor

    Remind me what Bush and Cheney did for 8 yrs?? IN fact the REPS are the reason we are in such a economical mess and debacle. How easy these folks tend to forget. ANY ONE ELSE BUT REPS!!


    September 1, 2010 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Gold digger in California

    Well, there goes a lot of votes for Obama in Alaska (sarcasm). Who cares what this hillbilly thinks or says. Another man being "kept" by (s)arah the witch.

    September 1, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  5. vegage

    Exactly the same rhetoric republicans did use to attack the Roosevelt agenda. Did we become socialist after the new deal? So stupid argument.

    September 1, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  6. JOhn

    Just because the repuclicans created this mess, does not mean they are well suited to fix it. The right continues to get more and more extreme and more dangerous everyday. Repuclicans have done enough damge already thank you.

    September 1, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Martha

    What does he mean by the Republican's leading us out of this crisis???? They are the ones who got us into this mess...

    Mr Miller-spare us your comments!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 1, 2010 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  8. Jerry in NC

    The really sick thing is, that there are people actually out there voting for these sicko, so-called candidates!

    September 1, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. joel palmer

    This should scare the hell out of the gop; that this guy, Sharon Angle, and Rand Paul are THEIR candidates

    September 1, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  10. Dean

    Standard Tea Party/ GOP Talking points , Your just a putz Joe enjoy your 15 min. of fame

    September 1, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. markus

    power back to the states? phase out Social Security? he wants to go back to the 1800's!

    and the GOP says Obama's the extremist????

    this stuff is scary...

    September 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Sandra, Atl

    I would say that Alaska needs to be the first state to get off the Federal government's handout programs. Remember the bridge from nowhere?
    Another idiot!

    September 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  13. Courtney

    If Republicans keep talking trash about our current President at every chance they get, they will regret what will happen to them in 2012. They will lose, because people are tired of their lies and antics. Republicans have zero solutions, because they caused our country's problems.

    September 1, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  14. Enrique

    Joe Miller is dangerous for this country. He and his fellow Alaskan should focus on reducing Alaska's dependence on the federal government.

    September 1, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  15. Tony

    Republicans are bad for America and anyone who was not in a coma for the last decade should be aware of that.

    September 1, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  16. Fed - Up

    I am sick of the lack of respect from our elected officials. Shame on them for not supporting our President! Shame on the media for publishing every nasty, disrespectful, potty mouth comment that comes out of the mouths of the Republicans. Have you no respect for our President!

    All the Republican's know how to do is mouth off!

    September 1, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  17. Andrew

    Ah, another republican who says "obama bad, obama socalist!!!"

    What a surprise. Can we please have some intelligent political discourse for once? There are legitimate reasons to criticize Obama, but it isn't overblown hyperbolic "Obama's a socialist and he's ruining the values of this country and bad for America we must stop him or all suffer!!!!"

    The republicans have little to offer by way of criticisms beyond this hyperbolic rhetoric, and it's quite tiring. I'd love our politicians to have some measured, intelligent, reasonable discourse... which is of course far too much to ask.

    September 1, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  18. Ali, Tucson AZ

    Alaska, please do not vote for this man in the general election.
    The state of Alaska receives the largest share of federal assistance per person in America. That will stop if Mr. Miller becomes a US Senator.

    September 1, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  19. CR

    Nutty kook like Joe Miller are bad for America. He wants to phase out Social Security. Get real.

    September 1, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  20. armass

    If left unchecked, Joe Miller would bring misery to millions of elderly who depend on Medicare and Social Security. These have been immensely successful programs, but Republicans like Joe Miller choke at the idea of sharing for the common good. The people who profit from getting rid of these government programs are the large insurance corporations and financial institutions who would love to manage your health plan and pension funds (while they get even more of your money, of course).

    September 1, 2010 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  21. Rebekah

    Instead of starting with American social security,let's start with senators first! I don't want my tax dollars paying for your health benefits or salaries. Our founding fathers did it for free so should all senators!

    September 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  22. Papasan in AZ

    What the Fascists fear most of all is intelligence.
    Stay stupid America, they love you that way...

    September 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  23. all of America

    If there is one thing this guy is right on, it's obama is bad for America! Most of americans have been saying that for months.obama has an agenda and it's not what Americans want,he is destroying this country,and the socialist people behind the seen's are helping him do just that.

    September 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. Rani McBride

    God help us all!! President Obama is not the one bad for America!!!

    September 1, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Mark

    Because two wars and a broken economy was the "right" direction. Keep on preaching, GOP.

    September 1, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
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