November 12th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
1 year ago

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. James

    Americans are SO sick of this type of politics. Obama has been accused of everything from Hitler, to Stalin, to Marx, to the Anti-Christ.

    America, thank you for throwing these hate filled lunatics out. Shame Mr. Broun's district didn't get the memo.

    November 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. PaulMo

    Moron alert, moron alert.

    November 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  3. Rob

    Having been able to spout off just about any non sense lately, it must be shocking to have someone call you on it.
    It seems that there are a whole bunch of people who would do well to actually know the definition of the words they use before using them. A non selective view of history would also do some good.

    November 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. more pandering of AIPAC

    as there is no political future in this sorry country

    if you cross AIPAC and its neo-con thugs,

    when AIPAC and NEO_CONS themselves are exactly like hitler and his followers.

    what a travesty of history.

    November 12, 2008 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. George Dulo

    I honestly hope and pray that such comments do not influence any actions,by the people to whom they are directed. The originators must take responsibility and be quick to clarify what they meant when they uttered them.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Brent

    Best of luck in your next election bid, dummy.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Dennis

    What kind of an apology is that? That's NOT AN APOLOGY AT ALL!

    It's time for Republicans to learn the actual definition of Marxism. I mean really... the level of ignorance is mind blowing.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  8. Elizabeth

    A DISGUSTING comment from one of our members of Congress!

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. I'm from Georgia and he's an idiot

    My question to the ranters in the Augusta Chronicle, why didn't he says this during his election bid, surely he felt this way prior and during, why say this now? The South has yet to catch up.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. alex lambrinides

    Notwithstanding Paul Broun it is perfectly, and necessary, to ask Mr Obama what he menat by a "civilian national security force". I listened to the speech (not just that part) and while it might have sounded like a blanket term for spruced up America and Peace corps of sorts using words like "civilian national security force" requires an answer. What exactly do you mean?

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. peter couden

    Take a look in the mirror Broun if your looking for Nazi's.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. Mobius

    He apologizes for telling the truth?

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Pat

    At least you have the courage and humility to apologize for those remarks (unless you're considering your earmarks. lol) What the Republican mudslingers don't get yet is what kind of regime we've been under for the past 8 years. It's not Marxist, Socialist or Communist, but we've lost most of our Constitutional Rights, are being eavesdropped on, and are being held up by rich robber baron CEO czars. That's what's destroyed this country!

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. Nikki, Florida

    Who voted for this guy?!?!?!

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  15. Matt: honestly

    Wow. I wonder if this guy has ever read Marx? This guy is off his rocker.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  16. What do expect

    Ah another right nut republicain,buffon ,ingnorant ,I only wish they keep at it to ensure the democrat stay in power for a long time(giggles) Gonna lve racist they can't hide forr long can't they?

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  17. Rob

    These guys just don't get it. Come together as Americans right now or we risk our futures. Quit acting like babies and let's fight for this country. I stand behind President Obama 150%.

    November 12, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  18. J.C.

    Thanks to CNN, which now reports much more of what Dr. Ron Paul thinks for our country than during the primary!
    Speech of freedom is why we are a great country.
    Let all speak their free mind.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  19. Dave, Crofton MD

    It's funny that he failed to mention that the Israeli's have a civilian defense force. I guess he thinks the Israelis are Marxist or Fascists.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Ryan French

    Funny how he compares Obama both to Hitler and Marxists... people who hold two COMPLETELY different ideologies toward the roles and powers of government.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  21. Mohsen Emami

    I am glad that this combined imbecile, moron and idiot congressman has decided to apologize to our president elect for his outrageous acusations.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. Independent Fred

    Hyperbole for the win...

    Keep it up Republicans this type of Vitrial will keep you in the same position you are now. This type of fear mongering nonsense is the reason I left the GOP.

    Here's a hint...stick to you're diffrences on key issues and let the american people decide. Some of the GOP ralies I saw on TV were borderline scary.

    Moderate Republicans better take control of their party before it becomes a joke.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  23. Kenzie from TX

    "I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential."

    Kinda like saying..."..I'm not calling your kid a serial killer, just saying he has the potential"

    Yeah, 'cuz thats SO much better......

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  24. FlyingSpaghettiMonster

    Hitler was NOT elected by the German People as Chancelor, he was appointed by another man who's name escapes me at the moment to appease both Hitler and the Nazis.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  25. Janet

    Obama is not Hitler and this is not the Soviet Union. What Obama is proposing is a win-win for country and the individuals involved. The intent and purpose of Obama's intentions is selfless, contrary to the view of Rep. Broun.

    November 12, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
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