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September 1st, 2010
05:51 PM ET

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 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."

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Miller needs to go pet some polar bears .

    September 1, 2010 at 7:59 pm |
  2. Liz Austin

    I am amazed after what wall street did with our money that he has so much faith that social security money privatized will not disappear too. Miller says that the states should take over the social security when he says it should go back to the states, well it never was with the states in the first place. Why does he think that the "states" will pick up the mantel and take care of social security or Medicare which the GOP also want to be rid of?

    September 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  3. smbizofamerica

    OMG! Just saw Joe Miller on CNN.
    Joe, The economy doesnt change over night. Have you been asleep the last decade? It was the republican party that has set our US economy in motion of economic distruction. We would be in a much worse situation today, if it wasnt for the Obama administration over the past year in its long process of correcting the actions of polices just like yours.
    You Joe, are bad for America.
    Wake up and smell what comes out of your mouth. It stinks!
    I feel sorry for the people of Alaska...

    September 1, 2010 at 8:32 pm |