Rep. Paul BrounPaul BrounCalifornia lawmaker's chief of staff resigns after indictment Republican candidates run against ghost of John Boehner The Trail 2016: Let’s have another debate! MORE (R-Ga.) doesn't think Democrats stand a chance at winning in Georgia — unless illegal aliens get to vote in the state.
The controversial Senate candidate dismissed the theory that the state's changing demographics, with fast-growing populations of minority and higher-educated voters, might make Georgia competitive in the future.
"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. It would be morally wrong, it would be illegal to do so, under our current law," Broun said on a local radio show. [LISTEN HERE]
"Actually, all these illegal aliens are getting federal largesse and taking taxpayers' dollars. That's the only way this state is going to become Democratic again, in the next number of decades."
National Republicans have been worried for months that if Broun gets the GOP Senate nomination he could jeopardize the seat for their party.
But Broun fired back, arguing that only a centrist conservative could fumble away the seat, seemingly taking aim at fellow Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who is also running for the seat.
"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," he 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."
Georgia Republicans have a crowded primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) that includes Broun, Kingston, Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel (R) and wealthy businessman David Perdue (R). Democrats have coalesced around former charity executive Michelle Nunn (D), who is running as a centrist and has raised big money so far.