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

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. jim

    Why does telling the truth raise eyebrows?

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  2. mdn

    Rep. Broun lacks the proper manners and decorum for a public official.

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. SA Wallick

    Thank you Mr. Broun.

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Bill NY

    This guy sounds like a true constitutional scholar(and I excrete gold bars). Where the hell has thisman been? Most children are already poor due to his party's reverse socialism where the poor give all thier money to the rich in the form of tax breaks they do not need.

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  5. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Rep. Paul Broun deserves credit for disagreeing with the president, but doing so without being disrespectful. Apparently he is a far more capable Representative than Joe Wilson.

    January 26, 2011 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  6. JohnM

    What a close minded psychotic lame brained idiot. (the MD must stand for mindless dolt)

    January 26, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  7. Mike from MN

    So I am assuming Bushonomics and Reagonomics is responsible for all of the technology that fuels today's modern industries, huh? Face reality. Companies do not have the money to create new industries. They only respond when the university researchers and gov't military and NASA make available the innovations they have been working on.

    January 26, 2011 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  8. kcl

    This sounds like high school stuff, I'd be ashamed that people knew I was sitting in my office punching little letters instead of being a big boy and showing up like I am paid to do. It's a Sarah wannabe....he got on the ticker!!!

    January 26, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Georgia Reps = Comedy Central

    Another year, another positive direction in discussion from a rep in Georgia. Oh wait, except for that last part. The thing I don't get about these people is that ever since the Tariffs/Income tax was created during the 1790's (gasp, by the founding fathers!) we have had a "form" of socialism. Take away the (big evil scary) "socialism" that we have and you take away public schools, libraries, public services, road work construction, medicare/medicaid for seniors (ie no more checks for the old people from the govt) etc.

    There is a legitimate debate over the policies on the right way to approach Obama. Republicans can offer viable alternatives, yet they still fall back on exaggerations, scare tactics and outright lies. It boggles the mind, asking the sanity of these so-called representatives of the people.

    January 26, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Scott T

    "Investments" are just a fancy word for "more spending" of money that we don't have.
    Freezing the current Government spending levels is like freezing gasoline prices at $5 or $6 a gallon. We can`t afford the current level. Then our President turns around and says Government needs to spend more... Our President truely does not understand the problems America is facing. Over $14 Trillion in debt with no end in the deficit spending in sight. Obama is calling for more spending...

    January 26, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. thesewist

    This rhetoric – no matter how it's put out there – is totally juvenile. I, for one, am sick and tired of the kindergarten going on in DC and this is a prime example of exactly that. "All children will be poor if we continue with Obama's policies" – No, Mr. Broun, all children will be poor if you continue with the Repub. policy of the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.

    January 26, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  12. DandyStryker

    Mr. Broun, you are an idiot. You clearly haven't read the Constitution, and don't have a clue what it says.

    January 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Todd M

    Does the short on reality include Broun's tweet on socialism?

    January 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. Tony FL

    Georgia Rep. Paul Broun needs to lookup the definition of Socialism in a dictionary.

    January 26, 2011 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Jeffrey Allen Miller NY

    Socialism? Paul Broun doesn't understand the term socialism... but George W Bush was socialist, for the rich and for Wall Street, so once again we have a representative in Congress who is set on re-writing history and labeling the current president for something his predecessor acted upon quite proudly. Jeffrey Allen Miller NY

    January 26, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  16. Tired of the nonsense

    Please don't judge Georgians by this idiot. Many of us are intelligent individuals who know that the President Obama is the best chance we've got of correcting all the crap the Bush regime tossed into the economy. I know the republicans hate the fact there's an intelligent person sitting in the Oval office who loves America and respects the Constitution, but they're just going to have to deal with the fact that Obama's plans have been working to rebuild America and the economy. They'd better get used to it - Obama will be president for the next 6 years. We had to suffer under the idiocy of Bush for 8 years, now they can learn how to do things correctly under the intelligence of Obama - and yes, I know the word "intelligence" isn't something the GOP have any experience with.

    January 26, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  17. Squiggs

    If the government got out of the way Broun and his friends would steal more and redistribute more to the wealthy. These guys love to throw out that word socialism because they no it strikes a cord with the uneducated population of this country who when they here the word get instantly scared that someone is going to take their guns.

    January 26, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  18. HJA

    Typical. Long on mouth....short on brains. Sitting in his office getting hammered I'll bet.

    January 26, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  19. Sam

    I can see the esteemed Congressman hasn't been reading up on his political ideologies. Democrats and Republicans come from the overarching political ideology known as "Classical Liberalism." The simplified difference is generally that one party focuses on "freedom to" (the Democrats) and the other party "freedom from" (the Republicans). Neither party is completely opposed to spending by the government and neither party is completely opposed to privatization of certain infrastructure. Socialism in its purist form believes in complete equality of the wealth in a "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" sort of approach. In a Socialistic society, government would own the means of production. In the American Obama is envisioning, government would spend some money on things like the high-speed rail, roads, etc., but it is to a much smaller degree than the Congressman is suggesting. Just setting the record straight. I'm not saying YOU LIE-d or anything.

    January 26, 2011 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  20. Geoz

    Throwing the word "socialism" around is great for name-calling, but let's get out of the schoolyard and back in school. "Socialism" has a meaning, and you don't know what it is.

    January 26, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  21. rockysfan

    Broun needs to learn a little respect. Apparently he didn't learn it at his mother's knee and I wont' disparge her because her child doesn't get it. Why were you sitting in your office acting like a toddler throwing a fit? Were you in self imposed time out? Grow up! Do the peoples business – NOT YOUR OWN AGENDA. Politicians, especially on the right, think the election was against Obama. CLUE-NOPE it was against Washington and a call for JOBS. Tweeting like a PO'd teenager is not productive nor is it adult behavior. DO YOU JOB. It's that simple. Be happy to vote your but out too!

    January 26, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. NameLess

    Not worth a response. Never argue with fools

    January 26, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  23. Lou

    "the congressman has watched the last few State of the Union Addresses from his office so he can tweet during the debate."

    Hello, any editors at work today? The State of the Union address is a SPEECH, not a debate. Who is the President debating during the speech? There is no debate! The President does not debate Congress. Congress people debate Congress people. Pretty simple concept, Gov. 101.

    With completely incorrect statements like this it's no wonder Americans have so little understanding of how their government works. Does anyone sweat the details anymore? Maybe that's the problem.

    January 26, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  24. America fell asleep

    I don't believe for one minute that President Obama or any Democrat thinks that government is always the answer, but on the other hand, I don't believe that the private sector always has our best interests in mind, therefore the need for Gov to be involved by way of regulation and taxation. Until we decided as a people that special interests aren't always for the american tax payer interests, and take the money out of our elections, there will continue to be a mad dash for campaign dollars and pork barrel spending. I'm sick to death of the GOP blaming President Obama for the entire deficit spending mess, when we've had 3 GOP administrations in my lifetime that said deficit spending was either necessary or good. I'll ask the question here, in the past 45 yrs, when has a GOP adm left an incoming DEM adm a great economy? For a change, I'd like to see some honesty from the GOP party regarding this issue.

    January 26, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  25. Seriously?

    This guy is a moron. If he wants to take issue with the POTUS, he should be a man and do it face to face. Not hide out in his office like some school child trying to sneak it in. This was just another lame attempt (which worked, thanks to CNN) to get his name in the headlines. What a wuss! Go ahead and hide behind your Twitter account, you spineless idiot! What are your suggestions for the Country? Why don't you spend your time twitting about those? Oh yea, because you don't have any. All you have is negative and divissive tweets. I would be totally ashamed if this person represented me in the House.

    January 26, 2011 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
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