Republican Congressman Paul Broun and his GOP Challenger Stephen Simpson debated each other on Athens Radio WGAU this morning. Moderated by Tim Bryant, the entire debate can be heard here.
The highlight of the debate appears to be a lengthy exchange over the outlawing of “crush videos”. Broun ealier voted against a federal law which would outlaw them, citing constitutional grounds. Blake Aued, now of Athens’ Flagpole, reports as follows:
I think the people who produce (crush videos) ought to be in jail, and the people who watch them ought to be in treatment,” Broun said.
But all 50 states already ban crush videos, so it’s not the federal government’s role, the Athens Republican said.
Simpson, a retired Army lieutenant colonel from Milledgeville, said Broun is out of touch with voters on the issue. The federal government, not states, should prosecute crush video makers because they’re engaging in interstate commerce, he said.
“The whole idea was to prevent it from being sold on the Internet,” he said. “Only the federal government can do that.”
Broun cast his crush video vote as part of a larger effort to drastically shrink the U.S. Department of Justice. Originally, the U.S. only had three federal crimes, he said: treason, piracy and counterfeiting
Broun agreed to two debates with his challenger, including one last Saturday in Macon.