Asked at Town Hall: 'Who's Going to Shoot Obama?'

Georgia Rep. Paul Broun responds by citing frustration with president
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 25, 2011 6:27 AM CST
Rep. Paul Broun , R-Ga,, speaks on the set of Georgia Public television in this Wednesday, July 2, 2008 file photo in Atlanta.   (AP Photo/Gregory Smith, File)

(Newser) – At a town hall meeting hosted by a Georgia Rep. Paul Broun on Tuesday, the first question asked was, "Who is going to shoot Obama?" The question "got a big laugh," writes Blake Aued in the Athens Banner-Herald. But Rep. Paul Broun is catching some flak for what he did next: Respond, rather than condemn the question. "The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president. We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president."

The congressman then turned to the budget. "Obviously, the question was inappropriate, so Congressman Broun moved on," later explained his press secretary. Click for more reactions.

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