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Broun Picks Up Paul's Fight Against Fed

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Broun, center, is taking up the mantle of former Rep. Ron Paul and is pushing a bill to require an audit of the Federal Reserve.

Broun has declined to comment on a possible 2014 primary challenge to Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga. The senator is a close friend of Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, and bucked his party’s right wing last year by joining a small group of senators led by Democrat Mark Warner of Virginia that tried unsuccessfully to produce a bipartisan debt reduction plan with a blend of spending cuts and new tax revenue.

Political experts say Broun’s emphasis on issues championed by Ron Paul could have strong appeal to tea party supporters.

“He anchors the right wing, the libertarian wing of the Georgia Republican Party,” said Merle Black, a political scientist at Emory University, referring to Broun.

Charles Bullock, a political science professor at the University of Georgia, said Broun is one of several potential primary challengers to Chambliss in the 2014 election, along with Rep. Tom Price, a former chairman of the Republican Study Committee.

Broun said the Liberty Caucus once led by Ron Paul is preparing to organize for the 113th Congress. He is one of more than a dozen members of the House Republican Conference that have been associated with that caucus.

Broun said he would also push for legislation to reduce the overall clout of the central bank. He has sponsored a proposal (HR 73) to abolish the Federal Reserve Board. He also has argued for a return to hard currency based on the gold standard, saying it would be preferable to U.S. dollars and coins that are declining in value.

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