Broun comes under fire at debate

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ATHENS --- U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's sometimes-unusual views and votes are an embarrassment to his constituents, challenger Barry Fleming said Saturday at a debate between the two Republican congressional candidates.

"I'll go to Washington and I won't embarrass you," said Mr. Fleming, a state representative from Harlem. "I'll do a good job as a conservative."

Mr. Fleming attacked Mr. Broun on issues ranging from drugs to immigration to earmarks, while Mr. Broun said he stands on his principles and accused Mr. Fleming of distorting his record during the debate at the University of Georgia's Dean Rusk Center.

Mr. Fleming made an issue of Mr. Broun's vote to stop federal agents from arresting medical marijuana users in states where doctors can legally prescribe it.

States, not the federal government, should regulate doctors, Mr. Broun said.

"This has nothing to do with marijuana," he said. "It has to do with states' rights."

Mr. Fleming predicted that if medical marijuana is widely legalized, irresponsible doctors will over-prescribe it, patients will become addicted and hard drug use will rise.

"The idea that it's unconstitutional ... for the government to stop drugs is ludicrous," Mr. Fleming said.

Mr. Fleming also criticized Mr. Broun's vote against an amendment to a public housing construction bill that barred illegal immigrants from moving into housing projects.

"He actually voted to allow illegal aliens to have public housing in this country," Mr. Fleming said.

The amendment also contained a provision requiring new housing to be built to expensive environmental standards; that's the reason he opposed the bill, Mr. Broun said in an interview.

Both candidates said they won't ask for or accept earmarks for pet federal projects, but Mr. Fleming accused Mr. Broun of not doing enough to save a U.S. Department of Agriculture research station that's scheduled for closure this year. Mr. Broun should have worked behind the scenes to ensure funding for the center didn't fall out of the federal budget, Mr. Fleming said.

The Phil Campbell Research Center will not close, Mr. Broun promised. He said he has spoken to President Bush about the Oconee County facility.

Both men agreed Saturday that abortion and gay marriage should be outlawed, but they disagreed on how best to do it.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 05/04/08 - 04:09 am
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Is it just me, or does Barry

Is it just me, or does Barry Fleming come off sounding like a spoiled brat who is grasping at anything that makes it sound like Broun is incompetent? I think Barry is getting alittle desperate and is seeing how hard it is to oust a man from office who is doing a pretty good job. Broun has done just about everything right since he's been in office. Stay tuned for more mud-slinging from Fleming's Columbia County Good-Old-Boy political machine between now and election day!

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edst4 05/04/08 - 05:36 am
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No Just he is a spoiled brat.

No Just he is a spoiled brat.

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patriciathomas 05/04/08 - 05:42 am
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When I've heard Barry Fleming

When I've heard Barry Fleming speak, he's come across as just right of conservative. I think Paul Broun's mature and reasonable approach to his voting makes Fleming look bad when he complains about it. It's pretty hard for Fleming to sling mud when he seems to be trying to appeal only to the far right.

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NotaDem 05/04/08 - 06:15 am
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Fleming is no conservative,

Fleming is no conservative, but rather a tax and spend Democrat. Just look at his position on the Richardson proposal called the GREAT tax. Fleming needs to find meaningful work and get out of the kitchen.

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rbk 05/04/08 - 06:29 am
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I was very upset when we lost

I was very upset when we lost Charlie Norwood, but I am very pleased with the job Paul Broun is doing. I voted for him last election and will vote for him again. The transition was smooth and his fellow congressmen support him, I see no reason to put someone else in there. Another plus is that he supports the "Fair tax".

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Riverman1 05/04/08 - 07:59 am
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Charlie Norwood would turn

Charlie Norwood would turn over in his grave if he knew how his old seat has performed. Attempted to reopen BRAC while Charlie started the CSRA Alliance to keep us off it. Broun killed the north-south interstate through Augusta which Charlie sponsored. Broun attempts to legalize medical marijuana which the vast majority of physicians say is an unwise measure. Don't even mention Paul Broun and Charlie Norwood in the same breath.

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Riverman1 05/04/08 - 08:07 am
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According to Barry Paschal in

According to Barry Paschal in today's Columbia County News Times, Broun misrepresented the Georgia Congressmen saying they endorsed him. Ah well, Broun is once again a little confused about the real world.

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Brad Owens 05/04/08 - 09:27 am
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Riverman1, again with this

Riverman1, again with this BRAC and I-3 nonsense. And who ever said Charlie Norwood was a saint? He had many bad votes on his record and the worst was when he sold out to Bush on HMO Reform, so stop trying to drag Norwood's corpse into this fight. Barry is showing that he is not ready for primetime. To suggest that medical marijuana wil lead to 'hard drug abuse' is what is 'ludicrous' considering the type of conditions that merit its being perscribed. By the way RM, I see that most all of the real conservatives (hence Republican primary voters) are supportive of Broun. I have said all along that Barry will get his butt whupped and it looks like he deserves it. I suggest you all get some REAL issue and come back and see me. I-3, what a fantasy.

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Riverman1 05/04/08 - 09:38 am
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Brad Owens meets Paul

Brad Owens meets Paul Broun...Bizzaro meets Bizzaro

nahali
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nahali 05/04/08 - 10:56 am
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The Paul Broun partisans

The Paul Broun partisans never fail to appall with their willful ignorance. Check with Isakson and Chambliss and they'll be straight with you: Oconee County is going to lose the USDA facility. Even the folks at the Campbell Center know it. Oconee County is where Paul Broun lives. If he'll let that go, do you really think he'll support Fort Gordon? One of his first moves in office was to get behind the BRAC COP Act. The BRAC COP Act was an attempt to reopen the BRAC process, and yes, Broun and his clueless followers spew the rhetoric about bringing new missions to Fort Gordon these days, but it's pure tripe. It was an attempt to stop the Navy School's closure, which would've given the BRAC committee the authority to review ALL it's decisions, including Fort Gordon continuance. Fort Gordon remained open because Charlie Norwood got funding for some important projects. How much help is Broun in that regard? None at all. There's another round of BRAC to come, and if we keep Broun, Fort Gordon won't have had any new updates, which will make it a prime target for closure, particularly since it was so close last time. Wake up, Augusta!

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Just My Opinion 05/04/08 - 01:11 pm
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nahali, there is absolutely

nahali, there is absolutely no way that Ft. Gordon is closing now. If you've paid attention to the paper in the last year, you'd see that there is plenty of new building going on involving troop movement and schools. I think there's some new intelligence set up that's being built there right now. The government has clearly changed their attitude on Ft. Gordon, and for that we are thankful. So, please don't stir things up by creating fear-mongering against Broun in this case. You wouldn't happen to be one of the Columbia County Good-Old-Boys, would you? Just asking.

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Many Arrows 05/04/08 - 02:12 pm
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Nahali, Isakson and Chambliss

Nahali,
Isakson and Chambliss have been straight with us on NOTHING.
Neither of them belong in the Republican Party and neither one is conservative.
Both tried to throw us to the wolves on amnesty for illegals. Both voted for the biggest social spending in 40 years. Both have supported putting us nearly $10 TRILLION in DEBT. More recently, Isakson wanted to give folks buying foreclosed homes $15,000 apiece.
When America crashes financially it will be these two impostors who drove her there.
Nobody should ask these two's opinions on anything.
Paul Broun has done a great job and this comes from someone who opposed him when he won the seat last year.

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Riverman1 05/04/08 - 02:22 pm
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The Charleston Naval Base

The Charleston Naval Base spent about a $100 million building new drydocks two years before BRAC closed them. To play with that and attempt to reopen BRAC decisions is the height of foolishness. Broun is in left field and doesn't have a clue about parliamentary procedure. This is from someone who at first supported Broun after he won the election. By the way, it looks like some Georgia Congressmen are upset by Broun saying they endorsed him. LOL

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DuhJudge 05/04/08 - 03:23 pm
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RM, in your first post this

RM, in your first post this morning you write "Broun attempts to legalize medical marijuana which the vast majority of physicians say is an unwise measure." Now seriously, are you going to stand by that statement? The reason Congressman Broun stood up and voted NO, is because it would have been contradictory to states whose voters have approved the use of medical marijuana. States rights.....how can you argue with that? A hundred and fifty years ago the states went to war over it. He has voted EXACTLY as he said he would.

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Dan White 05/04/08 - 04:27 pm
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The reason for Broun's wierd

The reason for Broun's wierd votes such as his vote for medical marijuana is because he is for states rights. That principal overrides any rational decision making by him. States rights ended when Lincoln crushed the South in 1865. Before the War Between the States, it was power to the states first and the national federal government second. Now, the federal government is in absolute control and there is no turning back back to 1860. The states have become mere agents of the feds. I sleep on a federally approved mattress, listen to federally regulated TV and radio, drive a federally regulated vehicle, eat federally inspected meat, drink government approved water, and breathe government regulated air. Need I say more? That's why we need Barry Fleming - someone who will use his brain to vote on the issues that matter to the nation and the 10th District. Broun is an archaic relic. Yea, I admire that he stands on his principals, but his principals are as outdated as Jefferson Davis.

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DuhJudge 05/04/08 - 07:33 pm
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That is like saying the

That is like saying the Constitution is outdated. Why don't we just do away with state governments? Let Barry and other Barrys run everything, I mean they seem to do it so well. Who needs a state telling a citizen what he can or can not do? Especially since the Federal government is so good at it.

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Dan White 05/04/08 - 08:48 pm
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Unfortunately, Judge, the

Unfortunately, Judge, the 10th Amendment has been crushed by the federal government and the Supreme Court. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people. With No Child Left Behind, for example, the federal government is running the public schools along with every other phase of government. The federal government is not good at running our lives or the states, but that's the way it is today. And, the feds are getting stronger and stronger and taking more rights given by the Consitution to the states every day it seems. That's why Broun is a dinosaur. Other Barry's are running everything and Barry Fleming needs to get in there and represent the people instead of representing the archaic states rights agenda that Broun represents.

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dani 05/04/08 - 10:18 pm
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Could we vote someone in who

Could we vote someone in who will look out for the best interests of OUR area? The name doesn't matter, just the job performance.

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moi 05/05/08 - 05:41 am
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What is wrong with opposing

What is wrong with opposing illegal immigrants from living in
public housing?These people are illegally in the U.S., and we
should not be supporting them at taxpayer expense. I agree
with Barry Fleming on this, and support him for Congress.

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