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. Peter s

    "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."

    Like they are not the cause of all this!! I say give the economy back to the Republicans and see what is going to happen!!! we will be the biggest third world economy second to the Russians!! GIVE IT BACK GIVE IT BACK, THE TRICKLE DOWN THEORY DIDN'T WORK NOW EMBRACE FOR THE QUEUEING THEORY, COZ THERE WILL BE NO BREAD, NO GAS, AND DID I FORGET NO JOBS, CRIME UP BEFORE THE TOTAL COLLAPSE!!!

    September 1, 2010 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  2. Alex Grant

    Behind all this ranting of Obama is racial hatred. The right is still in shock that McCain lost and that a black was elected.

    September 1, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Joe Filler

    "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,"

    He forgot the part about who created the crisis. Dope

    September 1, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. drinky

    a republican talking head says obama is bad for america??? really? is this news...that a republican doesn't think obama is good for america???

    how about a story where a republican declares it's time to dismantle the democratic and republican parties and tear down their corporate masters which run this country for their own profits and screw the american people by using the media to make idiot americans believe this hogwash about the dems. and reps. being one bit different???? now THAT would be a story

    September 1, 2010 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  5. philip

    Nothing could have been worse for the United States than having 8 years of his party's rule. The amount of irreparable damage that Bush, Cheney, Rove and the list goes on have done to the image of the grand old USA in all the universe is unforgivable. Miller and his ilk will attempt to continue to drag this wonderful country into the depths of evil. They are shamless greed and hate mongers.

    September 1, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  6. sara

    It's the "Idiots" like you, Joe that is BAD for America! You just needed a "job", right? Now you will be getting more of my taxes for your paycheck that is guaranteed and your stupid "retirement". You are OUT of your league and Won't be around too long.

    September 1, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  7. Steven

    Socialism!!! Run !!! This has been a common scare from GOP since Obama came into office. Their tactic of building fear in Americans is getting a little old. Does the GOP actually do anything else?

    September 1, 2010 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  8. CaliforniaBC

    WOW! Talk about arrogance. Obama is bad for the country because he's leading us into socialism.....hmmmm.

    Well, gee if you call a President whose policies pulled us back from the brink of a GOP-led depression "bad" for the country, I guess the definition of "bad" needs to be reassessed.

    And socialism....LOL!! I challenge this guy to actually name one socialistic policy Obama has championed. If he's talking about the health care reform it just shows how ill-informed he is or how much he wants to perpetuate the GOP lies. The reform was a health care insurance REGULATION reform which DOES NOT included any government provided insurance.

    So where is the socialism Mr Miller. Where? Can you answer questions like this or are you just another Palin who can only spew empty rhetoric?

    September 1, 2010 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  9. W.N. Sanabria, Escondido, CA

    Would someone please tell this idiot, and the ones who are following him that we have a retirement system that is privatized and under the control of the individual. It's called the 401K or IRA and it is available to every one on a voluntary basis. On the other hand, anyone planning to retire on their IRA or 401 benefits in the next couple of years is having a rude awakening, thanks to the crush the free market system has dealt to them. I would note that the Social Security benefits paid by that mean old Federal government have continued without a hitch.

    September 1, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Da Professor

    Ah yes, Miller, a right wing extremist with a mind like a mushy crap.

    The only "crisis" that we are in is the one created by Bushy, Dicky and their buddies in the Republican Party, Tea Party, and Conservative Party. My they all rot in (you know where)..

    September 1, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  11. CaliforniaBC

    As far as putting the power back in the states hands with a small federal government is what the Articles of Confederation did and the founders realized it wouldn't work and we needed a strong federal government and that is why the Articles were revamped into the US Constitution.

    September 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  12. Angel Boy

    As an independent, hopefully everyone will recognize the Tea Party for what it is...a bunch of individuals that consistently cry "Let them Eat Cake!" If you need help, too bad for you...but those cry a different tune when they are laid off through no fault of their own.

    September 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  13. DMA

    And Bush was good for America?!

    September 1, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Mark

    Like this is news? Doesn't the polls show the same thing?

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  15. An American Patriot

    While he's advocating ending social security and medicare, why doesn't he do the same for eliminating any federal funding for AK, the state that has the highest per capita funding in the nation? This guy looks like, and is, a turd in the punch bowl.

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  16. Chris

    Joe Miller said: "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." – Except its the Republican Party that got this country in crisis in the first place. Putting the GOP in power again is like deciding that garage mechanic fixing your car is taking too long, so you give the keys back to the reckless idiot who originally drove your car into a ditch.

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  17. Donnatella

    This guy is completely nuts, to any hot shot reporters out there, there is a hot off the press story going on in NJ as we speak. Remember the big fiasco when Christie fired his education comm. because he lost the race to the top money which was $400M. When Christie went on National TV and blamed it on the Obama Administration he was lying, Brett Schundler had already told him that he screwed up, what does Christie do he blames the government, he was not counting on it being on tape, when he got caught he lied and said the comm. never told and the to save face he fired the man. Check for details or News 12NJ, they actually are showing the emails he sent to Christie.

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    Miller, Palin and other Alaskans know a lot about socialism: every year, every citizen of Alaska receives thousands of dollars from the state government.

    Until Miller refunds all the money he's received from the state of Alaska – he can stuff a sock in it!

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  19. Shelly

    OMG Another lunatic...... Joe, your Party has been the most destructive for the USA.
    Joe, remember the 3 trillion dollar war in Iraq that President Obama has end responsibly, remember the 4000 soldiers killed for NO reason, remember the masiive deficit your Party passed on after you gave the wealthy tax cuts, which did nothing for jobs ( as many as 750,000 jobs were being lost when your buddies Bush and Cheney were leaving office), remember the pain and suffering of your Fellow Americans as they lost homes and jobs because of your lack of regulation of Banks.
    All of you need to get your memories checked because I and my family will never forget the destruction the Republicans have caused and continue to cause this country!

    September 1, 2010 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  20. E.Watson

    Then here are the conditions for Mr Miller term in office. Hourly wage
    $10.OO per hour must work a full 8 hours x 5 days
    No Health benefits paid for by tax payers for him and his family
    No full pension after serving one term paid for by tax payers
    May only vote on issues concerning Alaska and the dummies who
    may elect him to Congress.He is well aware that

    September 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. shoegazer

    GOP....hazardous to all living things.That would help to explain some of it.

    September 1, 2010 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. faux news lamebrain

    Wonder if this guy can see Russia as much work that neds to be done....all I have heard as a message from the!!!!!!!!!! What a platorm....I pray to God the American people are not dumb enough to return to 8 more years of idiots

    September 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  23. Yah whatever

    *cough!*BUSH*cough!* I have a new name for Republicans: CREEPS.

    September 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  24. Dan A

    This guy is definitely " Miller Lite"-a real lightweight with no brain. Phase out social security Joe and see how long you last !!! What an incredible moron !!!

    September 1, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  25. FactCheck

    Oh sure, after you guys set the fires it must be real nice to sit back and criticize the firemen for not working fast enough. Can we institute a formal ban of political thoughts from unqualified dolts from Alaska?

    September 1, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
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