November 12th, 2008
02:38 PM ET
10 years ago

Congressman sorry for likening Obama to Hitler

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. ZGGary

    There is an old saying.... "when one finger is pointing, there are three pointing back!" It is interesting that the "Nazi" term has been used several times by various Republicans.

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  2. jj

    Exactly what is WRONG about the so called Republican party..hate and fear mongering liers.
    It will be a very long time before anybody with any sense can trust them again. The only republican I trust is Ron Paul.

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  3. Blue is my favourite colour

    Republicans have finally run aground and there's no one to help them.
    I think the writing is on the wall–it will be many years before we allow a republican to preside over this country, or have a majority in congress for that matter.

    Take your medicine, Republicans.

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. LyonsPhilly

    Complete village idiot!!!!!

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Danny in Chicago

    CNN – Post this....Republicans need to hear this... 🙂

    This is what has become of the Republican party. All you devoted repubs should be so proud of what you have become and what you have done for our country.

    Do us all a favor, Republicans – Dig a huge hole, get all of your Republican friends (I'm sure you have a phone tree of some sort lying around), and all of you get inside, bury yourselves, and in four years we will let you come out and see how much nicer things have become.

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. New Day

    That's silly. Obama doesn't even have a mustache.

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  7. Mike T. Vaughn

    This is just the Reason Repubs are in the situation they are in, maybe if they spend time weeding out the FOOLS in their party instead of attacking another party they'd be a better party themseleves

    November 12, 2008 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Necie

    Oh good grief. Get a life Dude!

    November 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Be Alert

    I truly hope all of you are right about how "wonderful" Obama is.
    The way his supporters blindly worship him is pretty darn scary. Especially since no one ever mentions any success he has had in governing. He is definitely a likable, smooth talking politician who knows what to say to bring in the vote. I'm happy that our country elected a black man because it shows we came a long way from prejudices of our past. But PLEASE don't be a blind follower!!! Always question the motives of our leaders!

    November 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Kensing James

    If you do not know what an idiotic fool is, this is him. No wonder the Republican Party is headed into oblivion.

    November 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Lin lin

    Having a national security for to re-infore the military..cananybody tell be why and what is wrong with this. In the case that we would have another Katrina; wouldn't it be useful to have this????

    The ineptitude of the American populus never seases to amaze me.

    November 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  12. David

    He needs to resign. When are these dinosaurs going to realize that we have moved beyond partisan bickering and juvenial name calling. We are over the politics of destroy your advesary at all costs.

    When Rep Brown makes these comments he shows all of us just how un-american he is behaving. How about that for a reversal!!

    November 12, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  13. Joe, Chicago

    This man is another perfect example of what the Republican Party is putting forth these days.

    It's high time for the GOP to flush out their ranks and do some serious soul-searching– seriously reform this party, instead of continually being anti-government while having no ideas to improve government.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  14. Robert

    Would someone please give Broun a copy of "Political Ideologies for Dummies" so he can learn what "socialism" and "Marxism" actually are? If he understood them, he'd realize how off base and uninformed his comments were. His Hitler reference is too disgraceful to comment on.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  15. Diann

    Let's find out what Obama means. It sounds like Germany and Russia, but is it? I wouldn't want my neighbors checking on me like they did in the "old world". But I do think Broun is now trying to save perhaps his job in the future.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |

    Why it is that so many Republican politicians come up with such idiotic comments? Don't they have any sense of RIDICULE?

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  17. Ohio for Obama

    The Republican party will never renite until the old ones shut up and realize the old ways are gone and don't relate to anyone – especially the young republicans that want a chance to heard in the party. You would hear 20 and 30 year old repubs talking like this. Just the old 60 and 70 year olds. They can't go back to the Reagan years or Bush. The must reinvent themselves and realize things are different in this country. Out with the with the new. With that said, they still aren't good enough for Washington (smile) So look and learn repubs....look and learn.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. Dan F.

    Civilian National Security Force? Headed up by the Black Panthers I suppose. Great idea. I applaud your creative thoughts Obummer.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  19. Dick Daggett

    ONLY in a free country as America could a person in such a vaulted political position spew such tripe.....

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  20. buckeye2081

    Enough of the senseless bashing/comments thrown @ BO -you DEVILS!!

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  21. Chuck

    I'm sure he is sorry now, but he wasn't when he was making the derogatory comments about President elect Obama. He was just following in the steps of the negativity of the repulican campaign which was no holds barred regarding slandering anyone. I'm sure he is a "Christian" also. God bless them everyone!!!!!

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  22. ObamaSucks


    You Democrats have called Bush a fascist and have compared him to Hitler for the past 8 years, yet when a Republican does it to Obama, it's suddenly a crime. Even though I disagree with this guy, at least he apologizes. None of you ever apologized about your comments about Bush.

    You Democrats have pasted photos of monkeys next to those of Bush, yet if Republicans do the same with Obama, it's suddenly racism.

    You Democrats have disrespected Bush, claiming that he's not your president, and refused to support him in anyway. Yet you expect Republicans to give their support to Obama because he's "everyone's president."

    So before you criticize us, look at your own past actions and words against Bush.

    November 12, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. carmen

    The more he and others like him speak, the more we know about them and the more they will self-destruct.

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  24. Steve

    So you are now a sad puppy dog who just realized that none of your pork spending will actually make it through the White House.

    Right on James, I suggest this clown goes back to school to learn more about politics/history before he opens his mouth.

    Rep. Paul Broun, your service to your constituents will be ineffective for the next 8 years. Good luck explaining that to everyone... you can ask McCain for help in having town hall meetings.

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  25. steve, Moorpark, CA

    He's still fighting the Civil war, along with the rest of the south.

    November 12, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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