A Republican congressman who accused President Obama of believing in socialism during his State of the Union address is sticking by his story.
Georgia Rep. Paul Broun says that he was simply stating the truth when he wrote on Twitter during the speech: "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."
"Well, I think my tweets were civil," he said on CNN Thursday evening. "I was just stating the truth, that this president has a socialistic type of philosophy and agenda. I believe that very firmly."
Comments like Broun's have come under the microscope recently due to increased emphasis on civility following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
Dozens of lawmakers broke decades of tradition and sat with members of the opposite party on the House floor Tuesday evening.
But according to a report, Broun sent out the Twitter message while he was watching the speech from his office instead of attending the address in person.