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. maria ennis

    it clear for that whoever voted for this guy is an ignorant, President Obama inherited this country with so many holes, every time he try to cover one , 3 open again, this country need to end racist , so the country move to the next level, with so many ignorants around is hard to move the economy, why joe miller ask george bush, what they did with all the money from the oil that went up almost to 5 dollars the last years in office, why the replublican help the people hit by katrina, why texas is the poor state in the nation, why so many criminals in texas, you can not blame our President for the economy, who were the people, signed all the jobs out the country ,I believe were the republican I will support mr Obama for another i will talk to every person i know in america in spanish and french to get their vote for Mr Obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

    September 1, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. historyteach05

    this coming from a guy who wants to be senator of the state which receives more in 12,200 dollars in federal funding per person every year? I'd say Alaska is the corrupt well-fare mother of the union and Comrade Wilson lives in the closest thing we have to a socialist system in the USA

    September 1, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |

    Can anyone really take this guy from Alaska or Angle from Nevada seriously about anything. These are the people who are bad for America, not President Obama. These Tea Baggers would take our great country back into the dark ages. They are against the government helping anybody, yet they want a government job paid for by the tax payer. Yet all that they do is preach hate and fear and lies.

    Vote NO in NOvember to the party of NO.

    September 1, 2010 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  4. GaryB

    Funny that a guy from the state that is #3 per capita in Federal welfare spending and the #3 per capita Federal pork recipient would be the guy calling for an end to social security. I wonder if he realizes that Alaska (with it's massive dependence on Federal redistribution of wealth and socialization of the oil industry) is one of the most socialistic states in the union?

    September 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Margaret/boise, Idaho

    Joe Miller is disasterous for Alaska and the United States.

    September 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Monty

    Socialism, does this idiot know what that means, probably not. What a bunch of winners Alaska has produced.

    September 1, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. Lynn

    Miller said the Republicans can lead this country out of it's crisis? For cryin' out loud, didn't they lead us into the crisis? Here, let me fix your broken neck after I broke it. What a clown.

    September 1, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I am sick of these politicians from welfare states (states that get more tax dollars back from Washington every year than they send) calling programs like Social Security an entitlement. I paid into S.S. for over 45 years and worked in a stste that supported these welfare states (ironically almost every one of them a "Red State"!

    September 1, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. bettie

    I want someone to ask Joe Miller to define socialism.

    I'll bet you my next two paychecks that he doesn't even come close.

    September 1, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. Gpenn

    As soon as a Republican makes statements that include Obama is a socialist. They get no more of my time. This is another fringe candidate from a state that elected a not so smart women to run their state. Even if he gets elected, which I have some doubts he will, but even if he does. He will be an outcast in DC. I think he will find it very difficult to get anything done without help and I don't think he will see much of that with his crazy ideas.

    September 1, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  11. Dis-gusted

    He is entitled to his opinion. However, apparently there are many who do not agree with him. He is in office and the GOPers are not.

    September 1, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  12. loretta

    Ex Pres BUSH was bad for America, Obama has tried and tried to get our country back on the right path but thanks to what BUSH did and what the Neo-Cons do to everything that Obama wants to try do for the betterment of our country. Isn't it a shame that just because Obama is black that the Repubs cannot stand it. Also Orange Bohner is such a JERK. God help us if he would becme the Speaker of the house. Also ditzy Palin is worse for this country than Obame ever could be.

    September 1, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. Christopher

    Leave it to a Tea Party wingnut to toss out the word socialism. Typical uneducated neo-con doesn't even know what the word means. I hope that if he gets elected he will forgo his tax-payer salary and his tax-payer health care and his tax-payer pension. Because he HATES socialism and wouldn't want to be another lying, hate-spewing political douche-bag.

    September 1, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. markiejoe

    Considering the Republicans are the ones who got us into "this crisis" by starting two foreign wars they couldn't pay for and then cutting taxes to boot, it's interesting that Mr. Miller think the Republicans are the ones to "lead this country out of the crisis its in."

    September 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  15. mikael

    Okay another crazy coming out of the woodwork.

    September 1, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  16. Dloooo

    Hee hee! sounds like another GOP leader in the making!! I know many people who cannot retire because wall street tanked. too bad for them! work till ya drop, no safety net if you go to the GOP/Tea Party private sector plan. Only ones making money there are Cheney and the the big rip off corporate artists. the rest remain wage slaves to the GOP Beck big corporate scheme

    September 1, 2010 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  17. Natural Born American

    If Alaska elects a lunatic fringe loser like this guy they deserve what they get which will be nothing. The new Alaska license plates should read "Alaska, The Lunatic State"

    While they may be enjoying the spotlight right now, Americans will not tolerate the racism, hate and intolerance that is the Tea Party and their candidates.

    September 1, 2010 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  18. darla

    "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

    Wow this bozo has not been in touch with civilization much . How can he say this when his party is the one that brought this nation to the brink of depression. Must be the gamey mooseburger and cariboo dog that this hick is consuming has some dementing quality in it . I was hoping that after the Sarah Palin fiasco that the Alaskan republican has suffered this is what they can come up with?

    September 1, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  19. Thank You Tea Party For Nominating Miller in AK, Maes In CO, Angel in NV, Paul In KT and Hopefull O'Donnell In DE . . .

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of certain victory by scaring the p.iss out of moderates, independents, main stream republicans (if any remain) and of course, the democrats.

    September 1, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  20. David

    Simply put, he is stupid. I can see Mississippi handling Social Security now or any major disease that might break out in the country. Dr. Johnson who put together the dictionary said it best years ago that many try to dismantle an entity that they later cream to for help and wonder where it went.

    September 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  21. George Robb

    Who is this jerk? We are coming out of a crisis and this guy says Obama is bad for the country. Wow, I am a Republican and I can see that we are on course. We (the GOP) need to start working together with our Democratic brothers and quit dissing everything the Democrats say or do. We'll get a lot more votes and not look like a bunch of racist warmongers.

    September 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  22. Jim

    Paul, Miller, Engle, Palin...yikes these folks are somewhat scary and will probably be the thing to finally get the Democrats energized. It will be interesting to see how they play with the Independents and moderate Republicans.

    September 1, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  23. southern cousin

    Notice how CNN did not put out a blaring headline about a left wing whacko pulling that stunt in Maryland. A devoted follower of Al Gore. What would have happened had he been a conservative and a follower of Sarah Palin. Hmmmm. Great example of that liberal bias, isn't it.

    September 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  24. Dan in AZ

    There you have plain English....the GOP has wrapped its arms around the Teaparty extremists...Their mantra is "end all entitlements and it's every person for themselves." "Every State should do its own thing". What's next with these Palin wacko's....50 independent countries?

    September 1, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  25. Snake

    ...does his proposed end of the "age of the entitlement state" also mean that HE loses his government subsidy for living in Alaska??

    I'm sure NOT...

    September 1, 2010 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
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