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. mike moderate

    Another GOP loser....sitting in his office. Again I ask....what solutions do you have?

    At least Obama is trying something.

    You are a coward for hiding behind twit

    January 26, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  2. Tom

    Once again the party of NO! has shown the true colors fo their flag. When will the devide end and we will start to work together for the mutual benefit of Americans?

    January 26, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  3. Living in America

    Please if he truly believe that President Obama believed in socialism he would have never tweeted like this because he knows that he will never been seen again.

    January 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  4. Sgt Joe

    Wonder how he proposed we pay for two wars? Is that not "government spending?" Where are his solutions? Another example of those who are quick to criticize yet offer no viable solutions or effort to work across party lines. This goes to both sides: We the voters want our government to work together for solutions and quit the paritsan bickering. We are sick of the childish rants. Thanks Obama for laying a viable strategy that starts with opening doors.

    January 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Robert

    Question for Rep. Broun: Do you consider Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid "socialism'? If so, you should introduce legislation to end them immediately - at least you should start slashing funding for these programs. How about publicly funded schools, universities and colleges? Would you like to have the private sector and private enterprise provide police and fire department services? Exactly what is your definition of "socialism"? Is there ANY role for government?

    January 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. al in memphis

    Tweets really sums up what these politicans are about. Incoherant statement with no substance and not purpose other than to grab attention. Remember Joe the plumber who just happen to be an expert in economic system such that he was able to conclude that Obama was talking about socialism.

    The banking and finanical institutions have shown America what happens when you just get out of the way of greedy people.
    Politican prey on the people's allegance to their country, but then turn around and make deals with big business to keep the wealth following in their direction.

    January 26, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  7. Zip

    See what happens when you let hillbillies vote? Didn't realize the University of Cooter had a medical school.

    January 26, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. Steve

    He didn't even have the courtesy to sit in the chamber and listen. What a turkey!

    January 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. Specialist G

    Wow. No one could of predicted that some other bitter white guy from a former slave state would disrespect the President during the SOTU this year. Maybe next year, Arkansas can have a turn! Or better yet, maybe these folks can concentrate on lifting their Red States out of their current third-world levels of education and health care. Of course, if they did that these states wouldn't send goobers like this to Washington...

    January 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  10. Jeffrey

    Yes! Give him free airtime because it incites rhetoric and makes money.
    The bad thing about socialism, I wouldn't be able to insult.
    The good thing about America, I can make up whatever I want.

    January 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  11. Rsprings

    Why do these guys give fodder to the media.

    January 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. T

    He could say anything and it will just make him more popular in this bass akwards state. I live here and I would advice anyone considering moving to the South to seriously reconsider.

    January 26, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  13. Bill

    I guess Rep Paul Broun believes 'ignorance is bliss'.

    January 26, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. once upon a horse

    please point out WHERE was the sociolism in the president's speech? But if you look at where this tweet came from GA, Republican then go figure........

    January 26, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  15. Antha

    And the hate just goes on and on... some much for civility.

    January 26, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  16. Get A Grip

    Can't fault Rep.Paul Broun for 'tweeting. the truth.

    January 26, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. barb

    another disrespectful republican with the answers to everything and solution to nothing

    January 26, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. Arun

    This man is a total idiot!! It really worked in the 8 years of the Bush administration when the government got out of the way for business. Lets see, Wallstreet crashed, the housing market crashed, we had the worst oil spill (due to deregulation in the energy industry ==> another Bush era FU!!). The republican party is the biggest problem for our well being not the government. All they care to do is make the rich richer and the middle class distinct!!

    January 26, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  19. Me

    So much for Repubs being civil, this MD could care less about the middle class and poor of this country to be so disrespectful to a sitting President. After all he is an MD so he has money and his health care is paid for by us taxpayers. They wont give up their healthcare paid for by us but they sure don't want the people that can't afford it to have it so they call it socialism. What a bunch of greedy people we have serving this country at this time. It is really sad.

    January 26, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  20. sisNorth

    Not "from the 'confines' of his office", but from the 'safety' of his office. That's what people like him do, they are rude on the phone and talk behind people's backs. His methods speak VOLUMES about his character.

    January 26, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  21. vic nashville tn

    We know some politician live their life making disgusting comments past two years,
    Time to ignore them and move forward really we don’t have time for this kind of comments

    January 26, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. Olaf Big

    Why something always "raises eyebrows" or "turns heads" on CNN newsfeed? The intern that puts this stuff together must have a very stiff neck and a bad headache from all the brow-raising and head-turning he does. Come on CNN, use some imagination for the headlines

    January 26, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  23. Cory Smith

    Ur an idiot...just sit in your office and Tweet rhetoric...nothing you said to Bash the presidents speech was helpful or remotely inciteful. Just spewing propaganda of your own which just shows how tiny your brain is.

    January 26, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. Jaywing

    The rep is a clown - obviously clueless about the Constitution, Socialism, Capitalism, and too pigheaded or self-absorbed/delusional to be representing any constituitacy other than a pack of baying hounds. When you see stuff like this from an elected official, it's simply more proof that Americans are the dumbest voters on the planet.

    January 26, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  25. erik

    Just another republican pig. Probably hoping that his actions will make him as "famous" as wilson.

    January 26, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
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