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. Dave in Port Townsend, WA

    Typical. "Let me see how I can continue to be part of the problem"

    January 26, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  2. Anonymous

    What a juvinile. The whole 'Socialist' card has been played. What a joke. And this man is a Rep.?

    January 26, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  3. Tina

    The congressman is the one short on reality because if he thinks Obama believes in socialism he clearly needs to learn what socialism is. But, then repubs have never let reality get in the way of their talking points.

    January 26, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  4. NameGuest

    Expected nothing less

    January 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  5. al in memphis

    People been saying socialism and elitism for the last three years, but the Dow just keep climbing past 12000. Sounds like business and the investment community is really worried about Obama's policies. Message to politicans– get to work and get what's broken fixed.

    January 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. Carter Nash

    Paul Broun life's sound track is If I only had a brain

    January 26, 2011 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  7. Willie12345

    The man spoke the truth. What's wrong with that? Guess some don't like hearing it.

    January 26, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. Big_D

    I think the GOP was loaded for bear and waiting for Obama to propose gun control because of the Arizona shooting. Obama is smarter than that and left the GOP looking like a bunch of whiners with a guilty conscience. The rebuttal was laughable.

    January 26, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. vin

    In the office allows him to switch back-and-forth among Nascar, Deliverance, and other Yahooisms.

    January 26, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. Inmyopinion

    I can see how President Obama would be inclined to believe in socialism as he was raised in Indonesia where people are controlled by their government, they barely have any freedoms, choices and his step-father was Indonesian so I can see where Obama could have been influenced, accustomed to that kind of thinking, way of life and his sister is also Indonesian and his brother, relatives are African (another place controlled by government, people have no freedoms, no choices).

    January 26, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  11. John

    People and our political leaders especially need to stop the name calling and the inflammatory remarks. It does NOTHING to help the country.

    January 26, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. Michael

    The president could have said exactly what the republicans wanted him to say and they still would have had negative comments. Republicans already had a response without hearing what the president had to say. Their goal is to win the White House, not help the average American. They believe in money and power. They do not follow the teachings in the bible yet they want to waive it in peoples faces when it suits them. They are shameless and cannot be trusted. Now it's coming to light that the previous president broke federal yet republicans will defend it while claiming htis president does not follow the constitution. They are clearly the party of "Do as we say, not as we do".

    January 26, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |

    The truth hurts, doesnt it.

    January 26, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. Joshua Ludd

    If only these Republicans had cared so much about the constitution and the debt when Bush was in office. If only they had cared about the size of government and the size of the debt when Bush set records for both. And... if only they could actually come up with some real and clear violation of the constitution rather than vague mutterings about bailouts that kept our auto industry from collapsing and never coming back and kept our banking industry from collapsing leaving the US a third world country in very short order.

    January 26, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  15. gino

    What a jerk his guy is. Please spare us his stupid and insulting tweets.

    January 26, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. Nichole

    Rep. Paul Broun sounds like a bunch of these cyber bullies online..they have the biggest balls online..but I BET if you came face to face with Obama, he'll never repeat two words he tweeted!

    January 26, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. Steve Newman

    This is the kind of hyperbole we don't need as we face the worst economy since the Depression. Socialism is state control of the economy. The most socialist president was Richard Nixon who instigated wage and price controls in order to combat inflation. Unfortunately, the GOP has used hate, anger, and hokum instead of policies since 1988 (see Willie Horton). Their hokum, in the guise of tax cuts that, they said, would increase revenue, and deregulation, which was supposed to grow the economy, has gotten us into this mess.

    Now, they want to dig the tunnel even deeper by cutting spending during a weak economy and placing unwarranted faith in the market to get the economy back on track. Seems to me they believe in faith-based government, because they want you have to accept their idiotic arguments on faith, not results.

    January 26, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    For some (like THIS guy), unless we allow "Wild West" Capitalism – Capitalist ANARCHY, they will not be satisfied.
    Republicans, Conservatives, Tea Party-ists DEMAND an absolutely free market. And they are willing to use any tactic in order to get it. Repudiation and shunning should be an important part of our intercourse going forward.

    They NEED to be put in their place – kicked to the curb so that Patriots can care for the good of the Country. (Big) Business has, on the rarest of occasions respected the rights, health and happiness of their employees and customers.

    By and large, they care for their bottom line, for THEIR bonuses and little else.

    January 26, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  19. Shari from Madison

    Typical Republican, finding fault in everyone who is not exactly like him. He is a fool and a hater. If most republican's are like him the next two years will be HELL ON EARTH. Nothing will get done and Obama will be given ALL THE BLAME, which is wrong as both far right republicans and far left democrats deserve as much or more blame than Obama. He calls Obama a socialist. That is NOT true. President Obama wants everyone to have basic necessities. If it is left up to the Republican's homelessness and hunger will triple and why they think that is sad, they will blame those who are homeless and hungry and will ignore them.

    January 26, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Chuck

    This guy calls himself an American. Sitting in his office while the world passes him by. Why would the people of this guys district ever vote for a jerk like this. This guy is not a true American, he is a turn coat jerk!!!!!!

    January 26, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  21. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jealousy, jealousy will get you no further than where you are Broun so you attack with your own personal negativity which makes you the "little" person you are. Tweet all you want but I bet you won't "Man up" and go face to face with President Obama.

    January 26, 2011 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  22. Liz the First

    And why wasn't he AT the speech? because it occurred in the real world and this person apparently has no connection to the real world. if he knew what socialism was, he would never accuse Obama of being a socialist. the charge is nonsensical and only the Faux Noise zombies spout it. this proves the rethugs are totally immune to facts or reality. good luck governing with these whackos in your congress, Mr. President!

    January 26, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  23. hannah

    We all believe in socialism. Socialism is what has made this country great. Our railroads, airports and air traffic control, our wonderful roads, our parks, water systems, utilities, the list goes on. All built with community, or federal funds. I saw the film on the Panama Canal, built with federal funds during Teddy Roosevelt's term. What if it had never been built?

    January 26, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Roscoe

    What an idiot. Sitting in his office and playing on the computer instead of attending and acting in the professional manor we should expect from our elected officials. This kind of behaivor needs to be eliminated if we're really serious about working on the country's problems.

    January 26, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  25. JA

    "long on hope and short on reality..." I guess is that's easy to say when tweeting from an office. Somebody needs to tell this republican noob his duty is to represent the people and stop crying chicken with "socialism" voodoo tactics that are hopeless and long on inanation. Last time I checked, the president is his boss...and if I blewoff meetings with my boss to sit in my office tweeting...I'd be shown the door. Someone please show "representative" Broun the door next election!!!

    January 26, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
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