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SAVANNAH, Ga. — Traveling across Georgia to tout his candidacy for the U.S. Senate, Republican Rep. Paul Broun said Friday that he sees $100 billion in automatic budget cuts as Washington’s only realistic option for trimming spending. Even with the Pentagon warning that the cuts would devastate the military, Broun said: “I want to see it go into place.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia  DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
DAVID GOLDMAN/ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia

“It’s the only way that we’re going to get any positive spending cuts, and I’m in favor of the sequester going into place,” Broun said Friday as he stopped in Savannah. “We’ve got to reel in the spending with Congress as well as the president. Both parties are guilty.”

Broun, of Athens, officially announced his campaign to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss on Wednesday, making him the first and so far only candidate to do so for the 2014 race. He wasted no time in making a lap of the state’s major cities, sitting for interviews and meeting with tea party leaders and other supporters. Broun swung through Augusta on Thursday before heading Friday to Savannah and Macon. Stops in Columbus and Albany were planned Monday before the congressman returns to Washington.

The automatic budget cuts are scheduled to kick in March 1 if Democrats and Republicans can’t reach an agreement to trim $1.2 trillion from the deficit over the next decade. Sequestration would trigger $42.7 billion in cuts to the military over seven months. Domestic programs would face equal cuts.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, trying to head off cutbacks that would shrink the Pentagon budget by 7 percent, said Thursday that the measure was “designed to be so nuts that everybody would do everything possible to make sure it didn’t happen.”

Broun is courting tea party supporters and other fiscal hawks as he calls for slashing government spending. He served in the Marines and is still in the Navy Reserve. Broun said he’s confident much of the funding the Pentagon would lose in the automatic cuts would be restored down the road, though it would likely take several years.

“We can plus-up the military as soon as we make those cuts that are necessary,” Broun said. “If we have a financial meltdown in America as we’re doing today, we won’t have the money to support our defense.”

With plenty of time left to join the 2014 Senate race, several of Broun’s fellow GOP congressmen are being mentioned as possible contenders for the Republican nomination, such as Reps. Paul Gingrey of Marietta, Jack Kingston of Savannah and Tom Price of Roswell. National Democrats say they plan to wage a fierce challenge for the Georgia seat.

So far, Broun is sticking to a message that he’d be the only candidate willing to stop runaway spending in Washington. But since winning his House seat in 2007, the physician has widely been known outside his district for statements on social issues.

Last year Broun made headlines when he said evolution, embryology and the Big Bang theory were “lies straight from the pit of hell.” On Friday he brushed aside questions about whether such statements might turn off voters in a statewide election.

“It’s well known that I’m a Bible-believing Christian, and I understand that other people have different beliefs and I respect those beliefs,” Broun said. “But what everybody in this state – whether they’re black or white, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative – can understand very clearly is we have to stop the out-of-control spending in Washington.”

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thauch12
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thauch12 02/09/13 - 03:27 am
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For all that is good in this

For all that is good in this world, PLEASE do not elect this man to the Senate. As a state, Georgia cannot afford to look stupid and giving this man that title would do just that.

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Riverman1 02/09/13 - 08:05 am
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Saying no to automatic budget

Saying no to automatic budget increases is anything but stupid. What's less than intelligent is most wanting to continue spending until we are burning the furniture in the Capitol for firewood. Something has to be done, just as the courageous black doctor speaking in front of Obama told us.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/09/13 - 08:15 am
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I wasn't sure at first...but now...

I like him more & more.....

robaroo
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robaroo 02/09/13 - 09:19 am
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Only Solution Possible

Representative Broun is right - that is the only way possible to get the budget under control.

Of course it will be painful. We've been living like kings and queens on the credit card.

allhans
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allhans 02/09/13 - 10:30 am
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Krauthammer column about

Krauthammer column about sequester in today's paper.

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Kingbiscuitboy 02/09/13 - 11:20 am
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The guy is a kook!

The guy is a kook! He believes that the theory of evolution comes from the pits of hell in addition to several other strange concepts. And he sits on the House Science Committee! If he gets the Republican nod, we might as well welcome a Democrat senator from Georgia.

thauch12
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thauch12 02/09/13 - 01:54 pm
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To clarify, I do not have any

To clarify, I do not have any problem with the idea of spending cuts. They need to happen. Is it realistic with the way Washington works today? I don't think so but it has to start somewhere.

My earlier comment was more about this man's views on evolution/science in general. While I am a strong proponent of believing in what you want to believe in, by making his views PUBLIC in such a manner, he has already made our state look really dumb.

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KSL 02/09/13 - 04:08 pm
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Yep

I wish he could suck those comments back up.

KSL
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KSL 02/09/13 - 04:11 pm
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See Obama

Of course other politicians have made far worse portending comments and been elected.

KSL
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KSL 02/09/13 - 07:58 pm
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King

Just curious. What is your connection to Bob, as he preferred to be called?

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