Broun: ‘This is not about a race in 2014′

Until he gives a firm yes or no, this is what Athens Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s life is going to be like: The first question at a Capitol Hill news conference this afternoon — from National Review’s Robert Costa, who is basically on the Georgia beat these days — was to Broun, asking if he would run a primary against U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss if Chambliss votes to raise taxes in a fiscal cliff deal.

Rep. Paul Broun at a TeaParty.net press conference (AJC/Daniel Malloy)

Rep. Paul Broun at a TeaParty.net press conference (AJC/Daniel Malloy)

“This is not about a race in 2014. This is about the next two weeks. This is about the petitions that are signed here,” said Broun, gesturing toward 160,000 artfully stacked petitions asking lawmakers not to break the no-new-taxes pledge.  “I will not cave in. I am going to vote against raising taxes on anyone. Period. So not looking forward to any particular race. This is all about just what makes sense financially for your children and your grandchildren’s future.”

This of course is a more definitive statement than the one you will get from Chambliss on the subject of Grover Norquist’s ballyhooed pledge. One notable aspect of the news conference hosted by TheTeaParty.net, which gathered the signatures, was how few Republicans wanted to get in front of television cameras to proclaim that they would never raise taxes. Aside from Broun, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and U.S. Reps. Louie Gohmert of Texas, John Fleming of Louisiana and Tim Huelskamp of Kansas were the only ones there.

Many more will vote against any deal that includes a penny of extra tax revenue, but only this handful of the sharpest thorns in House Speaker John Boehner’s side attended. I asked Gohmert whether he thought his conference was cracking under the pressure of President Barack Obama’s stance on tax rates and the Jan. 1 deadline for rates going up on all tax brackets.

“I don’t think people are cracking any more than what you have already heard,” Gohmert said. “There are some that have said we maybe would be open to [tax increases], but let’s get realistic: The problem is spending, and even those who have said they would entertain it would have to see a tremendous amount of less spending and those of us here plus many others feel we’re not going to get there by raising taxes a little bit and continuing to spend a lot.”

- By Daniel Malloy, Political Insider

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38 comments Add your comment

Kris

December 12th, 2012
6:15 pm

Just another truckload of Malarkey from our GOP slime bags..Instead of pounding their chest about not raising taxes. Get off their soapbox and do something for the citizens.

Vote the GOP (crooks out) 2014

BRW

December 12th, 2012
6:40 pm

Better check the handwriting on those petitions. I bet they all look a lot like old Paul’s!
Thats because any one silly enough to vote for this doofus probably cannot sign their name.

Ronnie Raygun

December 12th, 2012
6:54 pm

If Broun is really so concerned about spending, he must have a proposal to cut oil/gas subsidies and farmer welfare. No? Broun is lying about being concerned about federal spending then.

jd

December 12th, 2012
7:17 pm

1.7 million Georgians agreed with the President. So, is Broun claiming to want a tyranny of the minority!

Rick

December 12th, 2012
7:27 pm

Broun’s home state, Georgia, was so behind on doing any thing to fix the access tot health care insurance problems (decades behind other states), that the feds finally had to step in, to save Georgians. Look at what Broun votes to subsidize with taxpayer money, then you will know which way he redistributes wealth (hint: he wants the middle class to fund the low effective rates of the wealthy, by broadening the tax base, by hitting middle class wallets). We are all suppose to worship at the feet of his so called ” job creators”. Dr. Broun, consumers are job creators, if they continue to stop buying, it is going to take longer to turn this boat around. Limiting itemized deductions to the 17K Romney initially suggested, would have killed middle class deposable income, but it sure would have funded Romney and Ryan’s plan to lower the income tax rates at the top, AGAIN.

R Lee

December 12th, 2012
8:07 pm

Paul Broun is a first class moron who believes evolution is a lie from the pit of hell, etc. If the GOP wants to lose a senate seat, then they should by all means support his primary bid against Chambliss.

Buckhead Boy

December 12th, 2012
8:29 pm

Odd that Republicans always express concern for their children and grandchildren, when its their children and grandchildren who are voting against them.

Shine

December 12th, 2012
8:32 pm

Maybe kook Braun should realize 160,000 petitions didnt come from his district. Seriously, 160,000 out of 5 million people? Isnt this the same kook who said he thinks the Earth is only around 10000 years old? What a dumbar#@!! What sort of Georgians elect such goobers in the first place?

Fan

December 12th, 2012
8:44 pm

I find it so funny that the people who voted for hussein obama really think he will stop the government spending and reduce the deficit. 17+ trillion and growing.Unreal.

clem

December 12th, 2012
8:45 pm

amen, georgians should be ashamed of broun and several others

td

December 12th, 2012
8:47 pm

Buckhead Boy

December 12th, 2012
8:29 pm

Odd that Republicans always express concern for their children and grandchildren, when its their children and grandchildren who are voting against them.

First you are wrong and second this will turn around like every generation does. The older these kids become and the more they have at stake in society the more conservative they will become.

Rabbit

December 12th, 2012
9:18 pm

“There’s a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I believe that the Earth is about 9,000 years old. I believe that it was created in six days as we know them.” Paul ‘lies from the pit of hell’ Broun

I really try to refrain from disparaging statements on this blog, but it is such a total mystery how this wacko gets elected in what should be one of the more enlightened parts of the state.

mister.earl

December 12th, 2012
10:35 pm

“Where are the president’s spending cuts?” asks John Boehner. With Republicans coming to grips with their inability to stop taxes on the rich from rising, the center of the debate has turned to the expenditure side. In the short run, the two parties have run into an absurd standoff, where Republicans demand that President Obama produce an offer of higher spending cuts, and Obama replies that Republicans should say what spending cuts they want, and Republicans insist that Obama should try to guess what kind of spending cuts they would like.
Reporters are presenting this as a kind of negotiating problem, based on each side’s desire for the other to stick its neck out first. But it actually reflects a much more fundamental problem than that. Republicans think government spending is huge, but they can’t really identify ways they want to solve that problem, because government spending is not really huge. That is to say, on top of an ideological gulf between the two parties, we have an epistemological gulf. The Republican understanding of government spending is based on hazy, abstract notions that don’t match reality and can’t be translated into a workable program.

- NYMagazine

Jim Leebens-Mack

December 13th, 2012
12:37 am

Science denier Paul Broun (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBy3MbP4WDo ) has apparently Paul Broun will remain on the Science, Space and Technology Committee -
http://lamarsmith.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=315070 ….. Disappointing but not surprising. Rational assessment of scientific information should be of great importance to legislators on both sides of the aisle. Unfortunately, the GOP leadership continues to exhibit little interest in scientific reasoning as a means for obtaining knowledge critical to the economic and environmental health of our country and planet. Will the Georgia GOP reject Broun’s brand of irrational fundamentalism in 2014?

Buckhead Boy

December 13th, 2012
6:17 am

td, how can I be both wrong and it will turn around? Isn’t it that I am right, and that it will turn around is your assumption? And, isn’t your assumption based upon general upward mobility which is being stymied by what passes as conservatism today?

Edmund Ruffin

December 13th, 2012
6:49 am

Paul Broun, one of the few Republicans who have read the Constitution…………..demorats, none of whom have read the Constitution.

Shine

December 13th, 2012
7:02 am

Broun read the Constitution yet sits on the HOMELAND SECURITY House Committee?? BWAH HA HAH HA HA HA!!!!

He must be lazy or in bad health as well as being a kook……From Jul 2007 to Dec 2012, Broun missed 164 of 4,376 roll call votes, which is 3.7%. This is worse than the median of 2.5% among the lifetime records of representatives currently serving.

clem

December 13th, 2012
7:02 am

the prez ran on raising taxes on rich and spelled it out. the wh has blog that lays out starting points on cuts: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2012/12/11/president-obamas-record-and-proposals-cutting-spending

the republicans as near as i can tell won’t specify their cuts. they ran on cuts, they are the party of cuts….where are they? and their revenues as best i can tell are partially bogus.

i know there are probably some other offers, but seems to me the ball is in the republican court. why don’t they make a specific case to people. they say medicare and ss will bankrupt us, so what is your specific proposal?

Uncle Billy

December 13th, 2012
7:48 am

Does “conservatism” in Georgia consist of anything other than the rich getting richer, white guys running things and nostalgia for the Confederacy?

Greg

December 13th, 2012
7:54 am

They had six years of total control followed by two years with a weak dem Senate and the result was the epic mess that they now blame on Obama. Now they are trying to bring on a depression.

curious

December 13th, 2012
8:37 am

Evidently Paul Broun believes in a literal interpertation of the Bible.

Does he believe God only created Adam and Eve and the present World population came from them or did God create some other couples?

If so, why aren’t they mentioned in the Bible?

Rabbit

December 13th, 2012
8:58 am

“Paul Broun, one of the few Republicans who have read the Constitution”

Man, I thought I was pretty familiar with that document, but I find nothing in there about the age of the earth and there is clearly nothing about what Paul Broun’s conversation that creates a meaningful argument over the meaning of the words of the Constitution.
Of course, there may be some underground magazine you are referring to titled “the Constitution.” If so, forgive me for the misunderstanding.

clem

December 13th, 2012
8:59 am

how’d we get so different looking in 10k years if from one set of parents? have we changed that much in 2000 AD? seriously?

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
9:28 am

Greg-

The Dems in the past 6 years had 4 years w/ the President, 4 years w/ the House and 6 years w/ the Senate and they want to blame republicans? Makes no sense.

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
9:36 am

curious-

No one on Earth has the authority to speak for God, but call BR-549 and you can speak to his representative.

curious

December 13th, 2012
9:53 am

I speak directly to one of God’s representatives weekly at my Episcopal Church in Clarksville, TN. The Priest.

Pete

December 13th, 2012
9:59 am

Broun is a bad joke. I cannot imagine the nightmare of him being my doctor or my senator. This is a man who does not believe in science or anything rational. It is a real puzzle how this clown continues to get elected. Unfortunately, it just says something about the ignorance of the GA electorate.

clem

December 13th, 2012
10:05 am

it is amazing that south so bassakwards. they seem to have chip on shoulder and scoff at intellect. wonder why at high school graduations they like to tell where their graduates are going to school. those going to ivy are the cream of the crop usually and lauded.

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
10:09 am

curious-

I’ll bite. Have you asked your priest the question? If so, what was his answer?

Mike

December 13th, 2012
10:16 am

Republicans are quickly becoming irrelevant at the national level. It will take a few more years locally.

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
10:23 am

Mike-

Really? Rep have 30 governors, lost the White House by a narrower margin than in 2008, control the House and a majority of the legislatures. Please inform us how you came to your conclusion.

clem

December 13th, 2012
10:34 am

because people fear change, growing older all conservatively oriented traits. the repubs misread this trend by pushing extremes the moderate population is now rejecting.

it is not bad to be conservative or progressive. it is the extremes, which unfortunately seem to get the ink. squeaky wheel.

td

December 13th, 2012
10:47 am

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
9:36 am

curious-

No one on Earth has the authority to speak for God, but call BR-549 and you can speak to his representative.

LOL. I am sure very few of these libs have never even seen the show you just referenced. Much less has ever heard of the Buford native with that famous line.

td

December 13th, 2012
10:54 am

clem

December 13th, 2012
10:34 am

“because people fear change,”

What change are you talking about? Wat are we changing from and where are we heading?

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
10:56 am

td-

Glad someone noticed, I guess I am dating myself.

Clem-

Please tell us what is extreme the republicans are in favor of?

clem

December 13th, 2012
11:00 am

it’s warming up and heading out the door, but in very simplistic terms the changing demographics is one thing, and for instance the personhood bill ryan endorsed. sorry gotta run.

Retired Soldier

December 13th, 2012
11:02 am

Clem-

If believing life begins at conception then more than 50 per cent of Americans are extreme.

clem

December 13th, 2012
11:09 am

i really gotta go rs, but think personhood bill little more than what you are suggesting and i could play this game all day long, but i’d rather be outdoors. if you are right why did mississippi vote against it by a 55-45 margin. chow