ATHENS: Broun skipping Obama speech, sticking to Twitter

5:22 PM, Sep 7, 2011   |    comments
US Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) (CNN)
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ATLANTA - Republican Georgia Congressman Paul Broun says he is joining with a number of other Republicans in skipping the president's job-creation speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday night.

According to Fox News, Broun says he will watch the speech on television from his office across the street from the Capitol. The Athens congressman says he will post his own comments about the president's speech in real-time on Twitter, in keeping with his practice during the State of the Union address.

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"Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism," Broun sent among his tweets during the January speech.

Along with Broun, Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.), Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) say they won't be there. Additionally, Rep. David Vitter (R-La.) says he will be attending a viewing party for the New Orleans Saints in conjunction with their season-opening NFL contest Thursday night instead of attending the presidential address.

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