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Broun’s Response to SOTU: Obama Believes in ‘Socialism’

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There may not have been any outbursts on the floor during Tuesdays State of the Union address, but one Republican Member didnt waste any time accusing President Barack Obama of being a Constitution-hating socialist.

Rep. Paul Broun live-tweeted during Obamas hourlong speech but left a string of largely unremarkable comments. Toward the close of the address, however, the Georgia Republican fired off a tweet that didnt really line up with the evenings bipartisan spirit.

Mr. President, you dont believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism, Broun wrote under his handle, @RepPaulBrounMD.

Broun also told his more than 3,000 followers that Obamas address was a good speech but was long on hope and short on reality.

Broun spokeswoman Debbee Keller told Roll Call that her boss tweets about the address every year from the confines of his office, instead of attending the event in the House chamber. Out of respect, he watches the presidents speech from his office and uses his desktop computer.

Brouns other tweets focused on areas of disagreement in Obamas speech. They included:

Democrats policies have hurt the economy-not helped it #fb #tcot

All children will be poor if we continue with Obamas policies #fb

From my seat, Obamas call for more investments sounds like more govt spending #fb #SOTU #TCOT

Freezing spending at record high levels is not making tough decisions

While other Republicans have dropped references to job-killing legislation in the wake of the Tucson, Ariz., shootings, Broun did not back off.

Obamas policies kill free-enterprise, he wrote.

He also complained about Obamas reference to immigration, saying the president was calling for amnesty and adding: Illegal aliens are criminals. They must go home.

Earlier this month, Broun told a radio host he did not agree with bipartisan seating plans for the speech.

I already believe very firmly that it is a trap and a ruse that Democrats are proposing, Broun said on The Scott Hennen Show on Thursday. He said the Democrats want silence from the GOP.

The sitting together being kissy-kissy is just another way to try to silence Republicans, and also to show to keep the American people from seeing how few of them there are in the U.S. House now, Broun said. Then when people stand up what the Democrats are going to be doing when Barack Obama spews out all his venom, then, um, if theyre scattered throughout all the Republicans, then it wont be as noticeable as if were sitting apart.

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Lauren Whittington contributed to this report.

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