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South Carolina Senate GOP primary is 'David and Goliath' (Buddy Witherspoon vs Lindsey Graham)
Beaufort Gazette ^ | Jun 2, 2008 | JIM DAVENPORT and SEANNA ADCOX

Posted on 06/05/2008 6:23:04 AM PDT by Between the Lines

There's no mistaking Lindsey Graham's loyalties or liabilities as he seeks a second term in the U.S. Senate.

The 52-year-old Republican makes it clear that his future and that of Republican presidential candidate John McCain are tightly interwoven.

"My re-election, I think, will benefit South Carolina because if he gets to be president, South Carolina's interests will have a receptive audience due to our relationship," Graham said in a recent interview. "I want to help him do the hard things."

McCain recently made his first stop in the state since winning South Carolina's January primary, and Graham pumped his fists in a cheer at a news conference when McCain said he'll campaign again here later in the year. The next morning, over a grits, bacon and pancakes campaign breakfast, he talked about how he and McCain don't toe the Grand Old Party line on immigration, social security, the war in Iraq or how judges are confirmed.

"John has risked his political career at least four times in the last two years that I can remember and I've got the scars to prove it," Graham said. He's been McCain's wing man, noting he was in the room with McCain and President Bush when the president was convinced to add troops in Iraq while other Republicans "were running to the exit like the theater was on fire" and "coming up with one goofy idea after another" to get out of Iraq.

The Iraq surge came as the duo found a wave of opposition for their brokered deals with Democrats on an immigration law overhaul. At the state GOP convention a year ago, the crowd booed and shouted "No" at Graham's explanations of the bill, which would have provided a path to citizenship.

Graham, a lawyer and Air Force Reserve colonel who still works a room like a small restaurant owner, became the butt of criticism from conservatives. Rush Limbaugh called the immigration bill "Grahamnesty."

The issue has faded, but just barely. Opponent Buddy Witherspoon, who is challenging Graham in the June 10 primary, has seized on it in campaign ads, and he and others have questioned whether Graham is conservative enough to represent the state's Republicans.

"This is David and Goliath, no doubt," Witherspoon said of his race against Graham.

The analogy is fittingly used by Witherspoon, who characterizes himself as farther to the political right of either of South Carolina's GOP senators. He proudly proclaims he's a devout Christian who opposes abortion and gay marriage, and says he regrets the nation has moved away from its "one nation under God" roots.

But illegal immigration has become the 69-year-old Navy veteran's key target in an attempt to score points against the one-term incumbent. Graham, along with McCain, supported an immigration measure last year that would have provided an eventual path to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants. The proposal angered conservative Republicans even as it failed and Witherspoon is doing his best to stoke that ire.

In January, in the lead-up to the GOP presidential primary, Witherspoon ran a 30-second TV spot with images from the U.S.-Mexico border, including people stepping over fences and speaking in Spanish. In it, a man and woman say: "Muchas gracias, Lindsey Graham."

"Lindsey's too liberal for South Carolina," Witherspoon said during an interview at his home, echoing the slogan on his campaign signs.

Witherspoon said he's running for office out of concern for the future of his grandchildren and others. He said he wants to cut government spending. He's also not dissuaded by Graham's money advantage: Witherspoon had $258,000 in cash as of last quarter's filing, compared with Graham's $4.8 million. Even though a loan to himself accounted for 60 percent of the money he's raised, Witherspoon said he's optimistic.

Meanwhile, he criticizes Graham as being too willing to work with Democrats. As an example, he cites Graham's involvement in the "Gang of 14," a group of Republican and Democratic senators who brokered a deal to head off filibusters of federal judicial appointees.

"Now's not the time to go along to get along," Witherspoon said.

He also makes a jab at Graham as being "joined at the hip" with McCain during presidential campaigns. Witherspoon said he could not endorse a presidential candidate himself because of his position on the Republican National Committee, though he stepped down from that post to run for Senate.

Graham says he's focussed on his own campaigning and not on his opponent.

"I'm not worried about him," he said.

Meanwhile, he's spending some of his money on television ads that touch on his anti-abortion stance, military record and fight against taxes.

Meanwhile, Graham's independent streak and knack for having the background on issues of the day has made him a frequent TV news show guest. He recently said he's going to focus on his "record for delivering for my state, being outspoken, being a player in Washington. Being somebody who can get things done."

Graham always has been driven, say those who know him. His parents -- who ran a liquor store, pool hall and restaurant in Central -- died 15 months apart when he was in college at the University of South Carolina. He adopted younger sister Darline when she was 13.

"Even as a child I knew that he would probably be successful and go places. He always had that drive about him. He always had a plan and a goal," said Darline Graham, now 43.

Lindsey Graham said he credits his parents with teaching him the campaign style that propels him from handshake to handshake during political gatherings as he seeks a second term.

"When people walked in, they had to feel like they were at home -- especially in a small town, because you live off of repeat business," he said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: gopprimary; grahamnesty; sc2008
Remember to vote June 10th
1 posted on 06/05/2008 6:23:04 AM PDT by Between the Lines
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To: Between the Lines

Anyone know what the polls are showing?


2 posted on 06/05/2008 6:32:25 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: Between the Lines

“Buddy Witherspoon vs Lindsey Graham”

In the FLY WEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE WORLD!

Let’s get rrrrrrrreeeaaaaaaaaaaady to rrrrrrrruummmmmmmble!


3 posted on 06/05/2008 6:45:23 AM PDT by WayneS (Respect the 2nd Amendment; Repeal the 16th)
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To: rawhide

For Immediate Release

May 27, 2008

Greenville, SC – Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Buddy Witherspoon defeated U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham in a straw poll that was conducted at the Greenville County Republican Stump Rally over the weekend.

According to Greenville County Republican officials, Buddy Witherspoon clearly won this poll and that it wasn’t even close. Though straw polls are not scientific, they are an indicator of who has momentum amongst those who are participating.

Buddy Witherspoon stated, “I am very pleased to have the support of many Republican activists, not just here in Greenville, but across the entire state. Our campaign has been gaining lots of momentum, and we are in a very good position to win the Republican Primary on June 10th.”
From http://schotlinepress.wordpress.com/2008/05/28/republican-challenger-buddy-witherspoon-defeats-us-senator-lindsey-graham-in-greenville-county-republican-straw-poll/

Dan Herren, Witherspoon’s Campaign Manager added, “It’s very disappointing that Senator Graham chose to spend his free time in Arizona over the weekend, instead of taking the opportunity to meet with South Carolinians face to face. Maybe if Senator Graham actually spent his free time in South Carolina, he would do better in the polls amongst the Republican activists and party faithful.”

The South Carolina Republican Primary will be held June 10th 2008.


4 posted on 06/05/2008 6:50:04 AM PDT by neal1960 (This space for rent.)
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To: WayneS

I’m going to donate to witherspoon. I’d pay money to see graham go down in defeat.


5 posted on 06/05/2008 6:54:33 AM PDT by Robbin
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To: upchuck

Ping


6 posted on 06/05/2008 6:56:17 AM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: neal1960

Godspeed Buddy Witherspoon.


7 posted on 06/05/2008 7:00:59 AM PDT by LTCJ (God Save the Constitution - Tar/Feathers '08)
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To: Between the Lines
What are the polls showing? Is there any chance that we can get rid of "A Boy Named Sue Lindsey"?
8 posted on 06/05/2008 7:06:00 AM PDT by CAluvdubya (A good man has come home to San Diego! Thank you Congressman Hunter)
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To: Between the Lines
BTTT

DUMP LINDSEY
9 posted on 06/05/2008 7:12:02 AM PDT by visualops (artlife.us . nature photography desktop wallpapers)
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To: Between the Lines

Dump that POS Lindsey!!


10 posted on 06/05/2008 7:13:45 AM PDT by blam
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To: Between the Lines; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; BILL_C; bnelson44; Clintonfatigued; DesScorp; ...
Thanks for the ping.

  Lindsey Ping
  "Republican by day, Democrat by night."

  Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.

11 posted on 06/05/2008 7:14:16 AM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: Robbin
“I’m going to donate to witherspoon. I’d pay money to see graham go down in defeat.”
>>>>>......................
there's no better person to donate to. Lindsey MUST GO.
remember Witherspoon is fighting the RNC and GOP who will dump big money to keep this RINO in power.
Conservatives make you voice heard. It can be done
12 posted on 06/05/2008 7:14:42 AM PDT by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: Between the Lines; 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; ...
C'mon folks. Let's get out there next Tuesday and make it the saddest day in Pandsey's queer life.

South Carolina Ping

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13 posted on 06/05/2008 7:17:51 AM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: upchuck

I’ll be in the voting booth next Tuesday just itching to vote against Mccain’s little buddy!


14 posted on 06/05/2008 7:51:38 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

Witherspoon definitely has my vote, and will get some of my $ before November. Lindsey Graham does not represent me or most South Carolinians. We have long memories down here, and Lindsey will figure that out Tuesday night. Unfortunately i have to be on a plane to Tacoma, WA (Indian country for sure) Wednesday morning so i won’t get to revel in his defeat in the beautiful Palmetto state.


15 posted on 06/05/2008 8:26:29 AM PDT by ChinaThreat (s)
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To: Between the Lines

Please Please

Post the link to his website so we may donate to the cause!

Thank you
Thank you


16 posted on 06/05/2008 8:32:53 AM PDT by TheCause (Let the lord of the black land come forth...let justice be done upon him!)
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To: upchuck

The tile of this article should have been “David and Gomorrah.”


17 posted on 06/05/2008 8:39:22 AM PDT by Salo
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To: Salo

title....dammit.


18 posted on 06/05/2008 8:40:03 AM PDT by Salo
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To: TheCause

Buddy Witherspoon website

19 posted on 06/05/2008 8:41:27 AM PDT by Between the Lines (I am very cognizant of my fallibility, sinfulness, and other limitations.)
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To: iopscusa

I know I am going to vote for Buddy too.


20 posted on 06/05/2008 8:59:08 AM PDT by Little_shoe ("For Sailor MEN in Battle fair since fighting days of old have earned the right.to the blue and gold)
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To: Between the Lines
"My re-election, I think, will benefit South Carolina because if he gets to be president, South Carolina's interests will have a receptive audience due to our relationship," Graham said in a recent interview. "I want to help him do the hard things."

I just threw up in my mouth a little bit.

21 posted on 06/05/2008 8:59:47 AM PDT by Niteranger68 (The change Barack Obama will bring is called anarchy.)
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To: Robbin

“I’m going to donate to witherspoon. I’d pay money to see graham go down in defeat.”

Oh, what a message that would send.

I’m not going to send money though. I’m not a SC resident, and I hate it when outsiders interfere in my state’s elections.


22 posted on 06/05/2008 10:00:01 AM PDT by DesScorp
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To: DesScorp

“I’m not going to send money though. I’m not a SC resident, and I hate it when outsiders interfere in my state’s elections.”
>>>>>>>>................
What? with the DNC and RNC shipping in money from liberal donars nation wide and you would not support a conservative against the traitor Lindsey??
Glad you did not have my back in Nam.


23 posted on 06/05/2008 10:26:51 AM PDT by shadowgovernment (From the Ashes of a Republican rout will raise a Conservative Party)
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To: Salo
The tile of this article should have been “David and Gomorrah.”

LOL! Or maybe "David and the Queer?"

Witherspoon bump!

24 posted on 06/05/2008 12:47:48 PM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: upchuck

I recently moved from my voting district, but on Tuesday evening after work I am going to get on my motorcycle and ride the 70 miles back to my polling place JUST TO VOTE AGAINST LINDSEY GRAHAM!

Let’s make an effort to get rid of this asshat, folks.

See you at the polls...


25 posted on 06/05/2008 2:21:55 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (Conservative "Long haired, maggot infested" dittoes!)
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To: PalmettoMason

Good for you Mason.

Everybody get out and vote Tues. Important stuff.


26 posted on 06/05/2008 3:13:14 PM PDT by upchuck (Who wins doesn't matter. They're all liberals. Spend your time and money to take back Congress.)
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To: DesScorp
re: I’m not going to send money though. I’m not a SC resident, and I hate it when outsiders interfere in my state’s elections.)))

Did you know most of Lindsey's money comes from out of state, and from trial lawyers?

C'mon. Just send him a buck or two.

27 posted on 06/05/2008 4:15:24 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Between the Lines; Clintonfatigued; Clemenza; JohnnyZ; Kuksool; AuH2ORepublican; ...

*BUMP for Buddy*


28 posted on 06/05/2008 6:27:12 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Between the Lines
I expect to take 5 votes to the poles against Graham next Tues. He must be a little worried, just got a call from his folks and he has been all over the radio and have gotten a couple of flyer's also. Would love to see him lose to Witherspoon. Do you reckon that would shake McCain up a little?
29 posted on 06/06/2008 8:28:45 AM PDT by my right
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To: Between the Lines

John McCain loves you, Lindsey!

30 posted on 06/06/2008 8:31:17 AM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Between the Lines

Wait a minute...... is there anybody in South Carolina that is actually going to vote FOR Lindsey Graham? I mean that actually LIVES here?


31 posted on 06/07/2008 6:54:18 PM PDT by DaBadGuy (Demican or Republicrat? The choice is yours.)
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To: Between the Lines

I did my part and voted for Buddy today!!!!!


32 posted on 06/10/2008 10:14:02 AM PDT by MeSpikeLibs (I thought Democrats wanted to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!!!!!)
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