The Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) released an interview with U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga-10) today, a part of their "Senate Conversations" series, in which the Senate 2014 candidate painted himself as the only legitimate conservative candidate and the most electable in the Georgia Republican Primary.
Georgia's senior Senator Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga) is retiring after his current term is up in 2015.
The Republican field has at least eight candidates thus far, including U.S. Reps. Broun, Phil Gingrey (R-Ga- 11), Jack Kingston (R-Ga-01) and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R-Ga).
“The only way that a Democrat has any possibility of winning this race—and frankly, I think it is very minor at that—is if we nominate a mamby-pamby, big-spender, big-government, big-earmarking Republican who is nothing but somebody who wants to build a bigger government, just like we’ve seen both parties build in Washington," said Broun. "That may a Democrat the chance to win. But otherwise, when I’m nominated, I’ll be the most-electable candidate out of the whole Republican field that’s out there now in this race.”
That Democrat of course will most likely be Michelle Nunn, who just today announced she raised a whopping $1.6 million in the last three months of her campaign, pretty close to the $1.7 million she raised in the first three months. She entered the race in July 2013.
There has been a lot of talk about the changing demographics in the Peach State. Many concluded that the red state might turn blue within the next few years because of a growing Hispanic population that tends to vote Democratic, although most likely not in 2014.
Broun is considered a bit of a risk with his heavily conservative views. The Georgia congressman was an object of some liberal ridicule when in September 2012 he made comments that embryology, evolution and the Bing Bang theory are all "lies straight from the Pit of Hell."
But Broun insists that he is the one Republican candidate that has and will fight the establishment to reign in the powerful central government and restore personal liberties.
“What I’m fighting for is liberty. I’ve got the record of trying to stop this out-of-control spending and out-of-control government,” Broun said. “None of the other candidates have that record. I’ve got the record of introducing a bill to repeal Obamacare and replace it with something that’s going to make your health insurance a lot less expensive than it is today.”
Broun is the author of the Patient Option Act, the conservative alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare). While the bill was never seriously pushed by congressional Republicans (in the last three Congresses), it has gained some traction recently since the problems with Obamacare came to light.
The Georgia primary will take place on May 20, 2014.