Monday, May 13, 2013
Suggests November election results might have been different.
Lindsey Graham learned a long time ago that a politician who tries to please everyone doesn’t stay a politician for long. He’s the rare elected official who can infuriate and pander to the same group of people within a matter of minutes. Considering he is up for re-election next year, it might seem prudent for Graham to dial back the rhetoric, but if Monday is any indication that won’t be happening any time soon. That Graham, the one who sounds ready to impeach Barack Obama as quickly as he would talk fiscal policy with the President over dinner, was on full display during a session with the media in Greenville. On Benghazi “We still don’t know who changed the talking points, but they were unconnected to reality on the ground,” Graham …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Republicans and Democrats have one of their biggest weekend of the year.
The annual fundraising dinners of the Republican and Democratic Parties had plenty in common this year. Both honored longtime advocates for the respective causes and both attracted speakers that generated buzz about the 2016 Presidential race. The Democrats’ Jefferson-Jackson Dinner drew its largest crowd ever and Vice President Joe Biden to honor Rep. Jim Clyburn for his 20 years of service in Congress. Biden acknowledged that his appearance at the event was sure to fuel speculation about his intentions in 2016. While giving lengthy tributes to Clyburn and former Sen. Fritz Hollings, Biden delivered a full-throated defense of traditional Democratic issues. He decried the Republicans war on the middle class and poor, in addition to citing …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Senator appears on CBS' Face the Nation on Sunday.
In his latest Sunday talk show appearance Sen. Lindsey Graham talked with Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer about the latest on the Boston bombing and Syria. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Senator says both a result of radical Islam.
Speaking to reporters in Washington on Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham linked the attack on the US Embassy in Libya in September 2012 to the Boston Marathon bombing. "Our systems are failing, we're going backwards," Graham said. "Bin Laden may be dead, but the war against radical Islam is very much alive," said Graham. "Radical Islam is on the March and we need to up our game." See video of Graham's remarks here. Graham also gave a lengthier interview to Anderson Cooper of CNN and laid some of the blame for the Boston attacks at the feet of the administration of Barack Obama. Keep up with all of Patch's coverage of South Carolina politics by following us on Facebook HERE and Twitter HERE.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Senator wants him labeled an enemy combatant.
Since the suspects in the Boston Marathon Bombings were identified and then, on Friday evening, apprehended, Sen. Lindsey Graham has been at the center of the subsequent legal fight regarding the surviving suspect's standing. The White House announced on Monday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev would not be treated as an enemy combatant. Unlike his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed on Thursday evening after a firefight with law enforcement, Dzhokhar is an American citizen. After Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was arrested on Friday evening, Graham took to social media to urge President Obama to treat Tsarnaev as an enemy combatant. On Monday, Graham gave a speech from Washington, DC that outlined his position in more detail (see video above). Initial reports…
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Sponsoring group says Lindsey Graham 'wants more immigrants."
A billboard in suburban Atlanta encourages undocumented immigrants to move to South Carolina. The sign directs people to call Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office and urges people to "Help us stop the RubiObamaAmnesty," a reference to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) and President Barack Obama. Graham is mentioned because he is been one of the leaders in calling for immigration and has received support from many in the business community. On the bottom of the billboard is a link to a story that appeared on Easley Patch in February. Graham spoke at length about immigration at an appearance at the Easley Rotary Club and one of his quotes--"a shortage of labor"--is referenced in the billboard. The billboard is paid for by the Dustin Inman Society, which …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Legislation has bi-partisan support.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill that would “prohibit a person adjudicated mentally incapacitated or committed to a mental institution from possessing or acquiring a handgun.” Senate Bill 413 will now move to the full Senate for debate. The measure has been backed by bi-partisan groups including State Attorney General Alan Wilson, Rep. Leon Stavrinakis (D – Charleston) and the NRA. It is also similar to legislation proposed by Sen. Lindsey Graham. The bill the committee approved was not done so without lengthy debate. People who are so judged are put on a list that is part of a national database and the lawmakers wondered how someone got off that list once they were on it. There were some …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Senior senator says immigration reform will be rolled out this week.
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said he would not support expanding background checks, but also said he would not join in a filibuster on the issue with fellow GOP Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, James Inhofe. The group of Senators sent a letter to Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid indicating they would oppose on people's right to bear arms. Graham said he'd only filibuster if Reid did not allow additional amendments and referred to the bill he sponsored tightening access to weapons for those who have been adjudicated as mentally ill. "There are some real efforts out there to beef of those who fail background checks," Graham told host Candy Crowley. Graham added he was not in favor of…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Both are "under water" with an election year on the horizon.
The big polling news on Tuesday was that Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch was leading Mark Sanford in the First Congressional District race. But in that same poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, both Gov. Nikki Haley and Sen. Lindsey Graham had results from Lowcountry voters that were less than they would have liked. More people disapproved of the job Haley is doing than approved, by 45 to 41 percent. Respondents in the poll under the age of 45 view Haley most negatively. 32 percent approve of the job she is doing while 55 percent do not. Interestingly, Haley is less popular with women than men. 45 percent of men approve of her performance, while 36 percent of women do. Meanwhile, Graham, like Haley, is also "under water." 44 …
Sunday, March 10, 2013
The two-term Senator has a number of significant facts working to his advantage.
The latest round of protests against Sen. Lindsey Graham reached a fever pitch when he slammed Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster last Wednesday. Graham's criticism prompted a vocal group of conservatives inside and outside the Palmetto State to think the episode might finally be enough to bounce him from office. But, the fact is Lindsey Graham will likely be re-elected in 2014 to a third term as the senior Senator from South Carolina. Paul was holding up the nomination of John Brennan for CIA chief by protesting the Obama Administration’s policy on drones, a policy that Graham supports. The crux of Paul’s argument was based on the fear that Obama might have the power to use drones against American citizens on American soil. …