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. wendy h

    His tweet has MD behind it. I assume the guy is a medical doctor or a total twit!!! Why not grow up and participate with the rest of your peers. It really takes a big man to sit in his office and tweet smart remarks while the president is talking. These are the type of people that should get out off the government payroll and go out and use their Big Brain and do something productive. What an disrespective jerk. I am going to guess he has a small pinky finger!

    January 26, 2011 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. GP

    When will the south realize they lost the war and start acting like Americans?

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |

    The Reich-Wing will never be happy with or support President Obama no matter what he does.

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  4. beevee

    What an idiot this guy is. Instead of taking positivie things from the presidents speech he only wants to be critical of the president. Who elected this guy? Obamas speech is not about socialism but about making this country a world leader again.

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. lynn

    Broun hides in his office and rants his venom from behind doors. What's the matter, not man enough to face the public with your hate filled rhetoric?

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  6. M

    Here we go again. I guess these right-wing nutjobs think that, if the government has any involvement in the economy whatsoever, including regulating the excesses of corporate America, that must be socialism, and that must be bad. OK guys, then let's try this for abolishing regulations. First of all, churches and religious organizations will be taxed at the same rate as everyone else. After all, why should they get a free ride. Second, there shall be no restrictions whatsoever where businesses such as bars, strip clubs, casinos, sex toy stores, etc. can be located. After all, that would be a restriction on commerce. Pharmaceuticals? We're going to allow unfettered imports from overseas. I mean, why should we prop up drug prices by restricting imports from Canada and Mexico.

    Let's see how those conservatives react when some of their sacred cows are gored. I suspect that a little regulation is just fine when it involves something they want regulated.

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  7. S.positive

    What a fartting IDIOT... What a fartting Dummy... What a hopeless fool that calls himself Broun. I wonder why these crazys get a vote to represent anything. No single working brain cell between the ears...

    January 26, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  8. Jen

    sick of the childish behavior. when a child misbehaves and shows little respect, as parents, we take away something important. how rude. sick of this behavior by grown ups. does he think he's funny or cute or powerful. what did he do before tweets and a cell phone for that matter. disgusting.

    January 26, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  9. EffortPA

    Hugo Chavez in Venezuela and Fidel Castro in Cuba are two people who believe in Socialism. Obama is nowhere close to their way of thinking. I would say that Obama is a lot closer to Ronald Regan's way of thinking that he is to Chavez's or Castro's. He is certainly to the left of Sarah Palin, but so is about 80% of the country.

    January 26, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |

    The GOP reps. are creeps........Not all, but many of them are.

    January 26, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  11. sonny chapman

    Nations that rigidly stick to doctrinaire in approaching the many faceted changes in a highly technological world are doomed to be left behind. Look what happened to the old Soviet Union. Even "Communist" China has changed & adapted to the one Law of Nature–ADAPT or PERISH !

    January 26, 2011 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  12. Mindseye67

    pesky government getting in the way of corporate corruption! We should be able to produce and dumb toxic waste anywhere we want, of course as long as it's not near wealthy white people’s homes. Besides there is no future for America or the world because Jesus is coming back, so for now just exploit everything and everybody till there’s nothing left and no one left. as it should be.

    LoL really this is what they sound like to me.

    January 26, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  13. Brannon

    If this guy wants to join the grown folks then he needs to stop tweeting and actually attend the SOTU. I mean really...doesn't that kind of say a lot about this guy. An elected official opts to sit in his office so he can Tweet?? There might not be a bigger example of Idiocracy.

    January 26, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. sara

    ...and you idiot is a Idiot" and has not place in our public discourse. Georgia should be ashamed of you as a representative.

    January 26, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  15. db

    Enough with the socialism allegations already. It's getting really old.

    January 26, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  16. Crazy Harry

    Another doofus shows his true colors. I think all hope is lost for any sanity coming from the repubs.

    January 26, 2011 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  17. rdepontb

    So, this is what passes for civil "discourse" in Georgia these days-hide alone in your dark room and send verbal darts to the President of the United States while he is representing the entire nation in addressing the way forward. Cheap, sir, very, very cheap and lousy of you. You are not a petty cretin-what was your point??

    January 26, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  18. GonzoinHouston

    This "socialism" nonsense is getting old. Obama is no more a socialist than the repbulicans are fascist. Like the Nazi references, it carries too much emotional baggage, and just happens to not be true.

    You want to repeal a "socialist, wealth-redistributing, debt increasing, health care plan"? Take a good hard look at W's drug plan for seniors. This plan is far more in line with classic socialist principles than the ACA.

    Any time a politician, any politician, tries to tell you what the other side thinks, wants, or believes in, your BS meter should hit the peg and alarms should sound in your head. Let's all quit believing or repeating the nonsense and maybe we can work together to make the hard decisions.

    January 26, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. brian

    Why do all the whackos come from my home state? If Broun weren't so extreme right, he'd understand Obama is basically a centrist. And if he'd step out of the rhetoric for a second, he might find out that most of the R&D breakthroughs that have powered our economy came from NASA and the Military, both Gov't funded organizations. What an embarrassment for GA...

    January 26, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  20. Timothy Fortes

    Honesty will always be one of the greatest challenge to humans – especially with ourselves. This country has been steeped in socialism ever since the time of one of our most revered presidents – FDR. We favor delusion over honesty so we continue to call it a democracy.

    January 26, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  21. Wes

    Wow CNN; first Michelle Bachmann's Tea Party response was "news", and now the President of the United States' State of the Union Address to Congress is a "debate". Interesting.

    January 26, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  22. Terry Ecklund

    So, Representative Brown. What are your solutions? What would you propose we do? How about you be part of the solution rather than the problem.

    January 26, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  23. charlie

    It's a shame that he chose politics over participation.

    January 26, 2011 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  24. Jay

    Yes, Obama believes in "socialism". That's why he has not socialized any industries (no, not even healthcare – educate yourselves GOPers), and corporate profits are at a near all-time high. Republicans are such liars.

    January 26, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  25. moore

    It's these type of people who need to be kicked out of office. When one's personal opinion becomes more important than the people whom he/she represents, it's time for that person to leave that position. Their job is to work on behalf of the public, but when their opinion or their idiology prevent them from working with others on the bahalf of the public, then it's time for that person to go.

    We need representatives that are willing to work for us. If they can't negotiate on our behalf, then no one wins, yet they get a check every two weeks and they get great health care bennies, but we are the ones that still have to suffer while they posture.

    Take away their check, their pension and their good health care because they don't appreciate who they are working for.

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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