Republican Senate candidate shows support for impeaching Obama [UPDATE: Video added]
Georgia Republican Rep. Paul Broun indicated Saturday he would support impeachment proceedings against President Barack Obama, when asked about it at a forum on Saturday.
Broun, who is running for Senate, appeared at a candidate forum hosted by the Gilmer County GOP and Gilmer County Tea Party on Saturday morning. According to a video obtained by The Daily Caller, a woman asked the candidates present whether or not they would support impeachment.
“Clinton was impeached for perjury. Obama has perjured himself on multiple occasions. Would you support impeachment if presented for a vote?” she asked.
Broun raised his hand, along with Eugene Yu and Derrick Grayson, who are also vying for the Republican nomination for the Senate. Two other candidates, Karen Handel and Art Gardner, did not raise their hands.
Neither Rep. Jack Kingston nor Rep. Phil Gingrey, the two other Republican congressmen running for the seat, were present at the forum.
The Republican primary is set for May 20. The winner of the primary is expected to challenge Democrat Michelle Nunn, the expected Democratic nominee.
In a statement provided to TheDC Monday afternoon,* Broun emphasized that he was saying he would vote for impeachment if it came to a vote, not necessarily calling for such proceedings to begin.
“If House leadership brought an impeachment vote before the floor, then there would certainly be good reason for doing so, with substantive information and evidence to impeach the President,” Broun said. “With the President repeatedly bypassing Congress through executive order, lying to the American people on Obamacare, and failing to address what really happened in Benghazi, I can understand why this would be an important issue to many Georgians right now. What I don’t understand, is how a candidate can claim to be a proven conservative, and yet if such a resolution was brought up for a vote, they would oppose it.”
*This post has been updated with Broun’s statement.