DeLay On Obama: ‘I Tagged Him As A Marxist Months Ago’

Invoking William Ayers and Rev. Jeremiah Wright on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews today, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay declared that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) is a “radical” and a “Marxist.” Matthews asked DeLay if he was comfortable with the McCain campaign using phrases like, “socialist, communist, Anti-American.” “Absolutely,” DeLay responded.

Referring to his recent interview with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Matthews said, “We had someone on this show the other day who said [Obama] should be checked out for being anti-American. Where would you put him, do you think he’s anti-American?” DeLay said, “I’m not going to go that far,” but boasted, “I tagged him as a Marxist months ago.” Watch it:

DeLay’s remarks come just days after WFTV’s Barbara West quoted Karl Marx before suggesting to Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) that Obama is a “Marxist.” Earlier this week, when asked if Obama’s policy proposals amounted to communism, McCain said, “I don’t know.” Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) has suggested on multiple occasions that Obama is a “socialist.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) claimed over the weekend that Obama’s policy proposals would transform the country into “totalitarian dictatorship.”