Alaska Senate candidate Joe Miller (R) labeled President Obama "bad for America" in an interview Wednesday with CNN's John King.
The Tea Party-backed Miller, whose Republican primary win became official late Tuesday after Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) conceded defeat, called Obama "one of the major forces moving this country toward socialism."
The interview is set to air on CNN's "John King USA" Wednesday night.
"He's expanding the entitlement state," Miller said. "The growth of stimulus programs, the growth of basically government bailouts to industries that are failing. It's not the American way, it's not the free market way, and it's killing the competitive edge."
"I think our president has actually put our country down, not advanced it in the standing of the nations," Miller said of Obama.
Democrats in-state and nationally have worked quickly in an attempt to frame Miller as an "extremist" as they have painted other Tea Party-backed candidates this cycle such as Nevada's Sharron Angle and Colorado's Ken Buck.
The party has hit Miller on Social Security, accusing him of wanting to "phase out" the program, a charge the candidate addressed Wednesday.
Noting that his parents are dependent on Social Security and Medicare, Miller said, "this is not a Joe Miller comes to D.C. and Social Security is gone, Medicare is gone. But what Joe Miller does do, and what those that I think are joining in this message do is get this government back from the fiscal brink, back from bankruptcy so that we can ensure that the contracts that we've made with our seniors, that we can honor those."
Ultimately, Miller said, he favors transferring power "back to the states so that states can take up the mantle of those programs if they so desire."
Asked by King whether it would be fair to say a person born tomorrow might grow up in an America without a federal social security program if Miller had his way, the candidate responded, "Absolutely."
Miller faces Democrat Scott McAdams in the fall in a race that is undoubtedly made more competitive by Murkowski's primary defeat. Miller is one of several Tea Party-backed candidates to oust establishment-backed Republicans in a Senate primaries this cycle.