Rep. responds to Obama: 'You believe in socialism'
January 26th, 2011
09:13 AM ET
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Rep. responds to Obama: 'You believe in socialism'

(CNN) – The State of Union address may have appeared to be a more civil affair to viewers at home, but at least one Republican congressman was launching some fiery rhetoric on Twitter as President Obama spoke.

Tweeting during the president's speech in the confines of his office, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said at one point, "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."

The tweet was sent under the handle @RepPaulBrounMD, the account the congressman uses for his congressional duties. (Broun also has a separate account, @PaulBrounforGA, that he uses for political purposes.) The remark quickly circulated on Twitter, with some users comparing it to Rep. Joe Wilson's famous "You Lie" outburst two years ago.

Several of Broun's other instant responses to the president were also sharply critical:
"All children will be poor if we continue with Obama's policies #fb"

"From my seat, Obama's call for more investments sounds like more govt spending #fb #SOTU #TCOT"

If the govt would get out of the way, we could have innovation and development"

A Broun spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. But according to Roll Call, the congressman has watched the last few State of the Union Addresses from his office so he can tweet during the debate.

Broun did part on a somewhat positive note, however: "Good speech-but long on hope and short on reality."

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soundoff (192 Responses)
  1. MM

    Rep Paul who? Exactly. The guy is just trying to get his name out there. It is tough to be in the GOP and get heard as the leaders of that party talk over everyone else.........the leaders being Beck and Limbaugh. Even worse though, he didn't even think of something clever or interesting, he just regurgitated the same ole GOP taking points. I find it so amusing that our President was a constitutional scholar at Univ of Chicago, but every country bumkin Tea Partier think hey know that document like the back of their hand. What a joke!

    January 26, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. Lynne

    My response to Republican Rep. Broun would be, you are a fascist.

    January 26, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Tia

    Rep Broun is RIGHT!!!!!! Obama is calling for a "spending freeze" but then wants to double spending on efforts for roads, and solar shingles? Obama is an idiot, his insane policies are sending our nation into banktrupcy. But then again it is highly a possible that this has been his plan all along. Maybe it is because the people who post on CNN don't have any children, so they don't care that younger generations will have to pay for all of Obama's failures and TRILLIONS of dollars in debt owed to China and others. But most americans don't have children out of wedlock, most americans love their children and don't abandon them, most americans want a better life for their children than the one they have, not the "As long as I gets mine" attitude the comes from the african american community. It is because of my children and their future that I despise Obama and his liberal lies.

    January 26, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Margie

    Isn't this the a-hole who demanded his health insurance before he was even sworn in. THEN HE VOTED TO REPEAL THE HEALTH CARE BILL so the rest of America couldn't have the same type of health insurance he stomped his little feet and got his tighty whiteys in an uproar about. Gee typical republicans I can have it...I am "special" but the rest of America who are the voters don't count.

    The bunch of hickvillers in the area he comes from the panhandle of Maryland are just the same.

    January 26, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  5. Realistic

    republicasn want gov't out of the way, less laws, less regualtion and by this I tweet @ repBraun: You believe in nothing cuz u r nothing & have no vision. dumbin of america by rethugs.

    January 26, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. buccakenji

    Rep. Broun 's sentiments MUST be expressed in public preferrably face-to-face with Obama challenging him to defend his ideology. At that point, Obama will stammer and studder with lie after lie in trying to explain away his policies. That will be his dealthnell for the 2012 election.

    January 26, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. Mr DemocratMan

    Unfortunately, he is correct about Obama on all points.

    January 26, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  8. galfridus73

    Yes... telling a former professor of Constitutional law that he doesn't believe in the Constitution is the sign of an educated legislator. Good job, Georgian voters!

    January 26, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  9. rs

    Broun must be an idiot. Hey, ever hear of "public schools" or "public libraries"? That's "socialism" made by none other than Ben Franklin. Disrespectful Republican fool!

    January 26, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  10. Katie

    What a moron. I thought the event last night was much better in comparison to those in years past – the legislators actually acted like adults. I guess they left the children like mr. broun in their offices with a sitter.

    Broun is absolutely pathetic. He was most likely too busy thinking of a clever tweet to listen to what was actually said. It's a pity, for him.

    January 26, 2011 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. Claire

    This is the kind of middle school behavior that makes me despise some of our representatives. It's all silly playground games to this guy.

    January 26, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  12. emma zinkiewicz

    People like you can't never get anything done. Have respect Congressman, no matter what's your opinion you still need to respect our commander in Chief, either you like him or not.

    January 26, 2011 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  13. carrotroot

    Improving our education system and crumbling infrastructure is the type of spending Americans want our tax money used towards! It is NOT Socialism!

    January 26, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  14. IKnow

    Great. Another one of our political leaders expressing their thoughts in 140 characters or less.

    Maybe in the next debate cycle we can leave the real humans in their offices and have them Tweebate.

    Twitter and Facebook, among other "social" devolutions have no place in political discourse. Not effective discourse anyway.

    January 26, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  15. stevegee

    Obama not only believes in Socialism, but tyranny as well - he's using the executive branch to force far leftist policies onto the backs of the American people. Our only hope for freedom and liberty is the new Republican House; and 2012 can't come soon enough!

    January 26, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Marty, FL

    President Obama gave an inspirational and unifying SOTU for all Americans.

    Rep. Broun unfortunately does a disservice to himself and his constituents by disrespectfully forgoing his congressional responsibilities. He also shows a complete lack of understanding and hypocrisy with the same ol' "socialism" nonsense. Um, hello, a politician working on the public's dime is one of the biggest forms of "socialism" ever. Enough of the nonsense; substance please.

    Rep. Broun should also be in the chamber next time (i.e. do his job).

    January 26, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  17. caseylew

    I don't think we need to worry about a socialist government. That would require people working together towards a common goal.

    January 26, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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