A Georgia congressman who is running for Senate said on Tuesday that he was fighting to delay, defund and repeal President Barack Obama's health care reform law because it would literally "destroy everything we know as a nation."
In an interview with CNN, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told host Wolf Blitzer that he supported the government shutdown if it would help put an end to what he called "the flaw of the land."
"We need to defund it, we need to delay it, we need to put it on the shelf and stop this implementation because it is destroying our economy," he opined.
When it came to the upcoming fight to raise the nation's debt ceiling, Paul had a simple condition: amend the U.S. Constitution to require a balanced budget, a process that would take years.
"So, you're not demanding any concessions on Obamacare in order to raise the debt ceiling?" Blitzer asked.
"Well, Obamacare must go," Broun replied. "It's destroying America.... Wolf, I want to get the American people the relief that they need from this out-of-control spending, and I'll do everything that I possibly can do to do that."
"And Obamacare is going to destroy everything we know as a nation," he added. "Wolf, I'm a doctor. I'm a medical doctor!"
The CNN host pointed out that Broun had recently said something very similar to the National Review, telling them that the "law is going to destroy America and everything in America, and we need to stop it."
"Are you going to stand by all those pretty extreme words?" Blitzer pressed.
"Well, I've already told you, today, Obamacare is already destroying job creation, it's already hurting our economy," Broun insisted. "It's already destroying jobs, it's going to destroy our liberty, it's going to destroy everything."
"It's going to push us into a total economic collapse of America. And that's exactly what I mean by it's going to destroy America."
"Alright," Blitzer sighed.
Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Oct. 8, 2013.