November 12th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
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Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler

Rep. Paul Broun is sorry for seemingly comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler.
Rep. Paul Broun is sorry for seemingly comparing Obama to Adolf Hitler.

(CNN) - Republican Paul Broun is sorry for calling President-elect Barack Obama a 'Marxist' and comparing him to Adolf Hitler, the Georgia Congressman said Tuesday.

“I regret putting it that way,” he told WGAC radio in Augusta, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.”

In an interview with the Associated Press earlier this week, Broun admitted to calling the future commander-in-chief a 'Marxist' at a recent Rotary club meeting, and said Obama has expressed support for policies similar to those of Hitler.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Broun told the AP. "I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may– may not, I hope not - but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."

Broun was specifically referring to a July speech by Obama, where the then-Democratic presidential nominee said he supports a civilian force helping the military when it comes to national security: "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the military]," Obama said in the speech that was largely a call to national service.

Responding to those comments, Broun told the AP Monday: "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun added. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential."

The Obama transition office did not respond to Broun's comments, and in his interview Tuesday to WGAC, the first term congressman said, “The point I tried to make is that he is extremely liberal, he has promoted a lot of socialistic ideas, and it just makes me concerned."


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soundoff (708 Responses)
  1. Patrick

    It's scary that someone as dumb as this get's elected to congress. Anyone w/any brains knows that Hitler wasn't a Marxist. He was a Fascist. As a Matter of Fact Hitler Hated the Marxists, which is one of the reasons he attacked Russia.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Ross, Chautauqua, NY

    This troubled, divisive, deranged man has no business in the United States House of Representatives, and should resign.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. RealityKing

    It is the MSM that better represents the Hitler era. Because like Hitlers enablers, they were more than willing to put their progressive agenda ahead of the publics right to know the truth.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  4. Dave Robson, Pawleys Island, SC

    Obviously Broun failed to listen to Obama's acceptance speech. This is the time for ALL of us to pull together as ONE nation. It is people like Broun that will cause the demise of the Repub party. We should have zero tolerance for divisive comments like this.

    I wish people with these views this would just hold their comments for about 12 months and then read them again. They will then realize how stupid they were and feel better that did not say anything. Because they were are 100% wrong. .

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. john

    civilian force helping the military when it comes to national security: "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded [as the military]," Obama said in the speech that was largely a call to national service.

    america is way way over 200 years old. tell me something people. what's the name of the last politican who suggested what obama has suggested and asked for in a civian national security forst that's as strong, just as powerful as the military. please, enlightenment. who was the last politican who suggested such a thing? hello???? anyone??? anyone ?

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Bemused

    Someone afraid of a Black president?...

    The antebellum South never leaves us for long – "the Negroes will take over the first chance we get; we have to defend ourselves!"

    Though, I will say that a national security force is a scary idea, especially when you think about all the things the FBI has done, like COINTELPRO.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  7. and many more to come...

    Count on it...

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  8. Carolyn from Ga

    Obama was saying that certain things could be handled by civilian force and not all things should be handled by the miliary. Rebuilding countries like Iraq such as their roads, buildings, schools, teaching them how to form a democratic government of their own is not something that the miliary should be focused on. They should be focused on security by helping to train their security force and making sure that their citizens feel secure enough without fearing persecution. Foreign service employees can do that.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Dan

    Why should he have to apologize? People liken Bush to Hitler all the time and he is actually the President.

    The liberal hypocrisy is mind blowing.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  10. Marc

    First of all to compare someone to Karl Marx and to Hitler at the same time says enough about the person who made the two comparisons. And about those who listen to him/her and voted in him/her as his/her representative.
    Second, to NYer... get a life. I have seen your posts in the Ticker and no matter what the blog is about, you keep saying the same 'Barry/O/Obama will destroy America!' garbage. Even if this a was blog praising the American democracy or the Philadelphia Phillies or the 'bluesness' (if that word exists) of the sky... you'll post another one of your pre-dic-ta-ble rants.
    Seriously, we KNOW that you are like a kindergarden brat, and because your candidate wasn't elected its time to bash/diminish/demonize the winner... sour graped aren't you?

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Vicki Webster

    give him a chance lets wait and see what he does for the US, hope he does not spread the wealth, I work hard for what I got. Let the other people work hard too, dont just give them welfare, it ruins the society in our beloved country. Hope O does good for our county.

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. Al, NY NY

    how typical. Don't like the person. Compare him to Adolph. He's sorry now, but I bet he was licking his patheitc chops when he said it, as was the crowd at the Rotary Club..."you da mn right that boy is just like that Hitler guy....by the way who was he? Since I didn't finish 2nd grade I don't know who he is...but d amn right" Yee haw

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  13. hayes

    What an Idiot!

    November 12, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  14. Tom

    What a poor example of the country's leaders.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  15. Frank

    What a raving lunatic!!! Where do these idiots come from!!?

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. julio

    This would be like the New Deal redux. The National Security Force idea will create a new job sector, which will be good for the country. We sorely need new jobs.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Gene

    Freedom of speech has its pros and cons. I think a lot of Republicans feel out of step with the RNC when they hear rants like this coming from an elected official, especially those who vote along Republican lines due to their religious convictions.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Richie Uzodinma Germany

    It is unfortunate that as America tries to polish its image abroad, they still habour such Congressmen who has the gut to open their mouth before thinking instead of the other way round. Congressman people like you are the absolute minority(GOP). Maybe it will pay off to give the Congressman a crash course on the History of libralism and conservatism with special reference to NeoNazism. Then he will understand that Hitler has more Conservatism as Liberalism.

    Then he will see that by mentioning Hitler he has described his political inclination.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. David/Florida

    Time to vote him out of office. Another repu FASHIST SOB

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Jean in Austin, Texas

    How Dare he make such an outrageous and dangerous statement about our President Elect! It makes me ASHAMED to
    be a Republican and this Congressman should be ousted!

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  21. Jeff

    Socialist
    Terrorist
    Marxist
    Thug
    Hoodlum
    "Hitler"
    Anti-Christ
    Christ

    ....This is sad. These people are calling out President every name in the book. Then say "sorry" and its all forgiven.

    Horrible Horrible Horrible.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  22. Roger

    To expound on Deli's comments . . .

    Hitler was as far from a Marxist as you could get. Why do you think he attacked the USSR in 1941? Broun and Palin must have gone to the same school. Sometimes it helps to read . . .

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  23. Aaron

    You would think that these "Republican Leaders" would take a moment to think before they speak. It would benefit them greatly. Instead, they decide to say some of the most bizarre statements I have ever heard. Way to go Republicans "Keep up the great work".

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. Kim Repub.

    Look i did not vote for the Pres-elect. But he won this party need to get over it! We have SOOO much to worry about right now. For the party they claimed to be all about Country first... we are showing how childish we really are :-(

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  25. Anthony David Platt

    Fascism is not a right-wing ideology. This just shows your political ignorance. It is, as of yet, unplaced on the political spectrum. It can also take many forms, in many environments, and can ally itself with many different political ideas.

    November 12, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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