GOP Rep. Broun: Dems Only Have A Shot In Georgia If They Legalize ‘Aliens’

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has a warning for the GOP: Democrats’ only path to victory in the 2014 elections is through legalizing immigrants living in the country illegally.

“It only helps the Democrats if we legalize all these illegal aliens in this country who the Democrats want to put on federal welfare programs – and actually, they are on federal welfare programs today,” Broun said in an interview with Georgia Public Radio. “The Democrats want to make them all basically dependent on the federal government so they can continue their radical, big government agenda….”

Democrats are hoping that Michelle Nunn, who is running for Senate, and state Sen. Jason Carter (D-GA), running for governor, will act as a vanguard to help shift the state from a Republican stronghold to a friendlier state for Democrats. Indeed, there’s a case to be made that that’s a possibility (albeit hardly a sure thing) that Democrats could shift the political makeup of the state. Broun went on to say though that Democrats only chance of wrenching the state from GOP hands is in legalizing immigrants living in the state illegally.

“The only way Georgia is going to change is if we have all these illegal aliens in here in Georgia, [and] give them the right to vote,” Broun continued. “It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law. Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayer’s dollars.”

“That’s the only way this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades,” he said.

Broun also seemed to take a jab at one of his primary opponents, Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), who’s considered the more moderate of the top tier candidates running in the GOP primary to succeed Sen. Saxby Chambliss (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,” Broun said. “That may give 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.”

(H/t: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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