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Lindsey Graham, cruising to primary victory, tackles controversial issues on campaign trail (sigh)
Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 29, 2014 | Rebecca Berg

Posted on 04/30/2014 8:40:02 PM PDT by BurningOak

Instead, Graham, counter to the early prognostications of many, has quelled any potential threats from Tea Party insurgents and, two months ahead of the Republican primary, is cruising to a third term in the Senate -- still gleefully tackling those controversial topics that might have made him vulnerable in the first place.

Graham is in this position by no accident. Wary of other incumbents who have not prepared for competitive re-election campaigns and lost, Graham and his campaign team have spent the intervening years raising money and shoring up support among South Carolina's political class -- all but guaranteeing Graham's path to victory.

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Graham’s comfortable lead in this election also has afforded him the opportunity to speak out early and often, even at home in South Carolina, about his stances that might be controversial among the party’s conservative base.

“If [Republicans] get the Senate, we can't repeal Obamacare, because the president would veto any bill to repeal it,” Graham said matter-of-factly in Simpsonville. “But you know what we can do? We can chip away at it.”

A full repeal of Obamacare is still very much in vogue for many conservative Republicans, but Graham was forthright about the facets of the health care law he supports -- allowing children to remain on their parents' plan until age 26, for example, and providing insurance for people with pre-existing conditions.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: gop; lindseygraham; rino; teaparty
Sigh. Why is this guy allowed to stay a Senator in a conservative state? Just like McCain I am amazed at how people keep electing these RINO's. Where is the TEA Party? I would honestly prefer a Democrat to this clown.

No Democrat who stabs his own constituency in the back on a regular basis would ever be allowed three terms.

1 posted on 04/30/2014 8:40:02 PM PDT by BurningOak
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To: BurningOak
Lindsay Graham would be OK if he was a Senator from Massachusetts,Vermont or California....but South Carolina can do far,far better.
2 posted on 04/30/2014 8:43:27 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Stalin Blamed The Kulaks,Obama Blames The Tea Party)
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To: BurningOak

It is an opinion piece. Graham is somewhere between 40% and 60%. He still has to survive a primary and a concerted effort to remove him even if it means electing a Democrat.


3 posted on 04/30/2014 8:43:36 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: BurningOak

He’s at the top of my despise (in GOP) list.


4 posted on 04/30/2014 8:51:31 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : 'You can keep your doctor if you want. I never tell a lie ')
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To: BurningOak
“If [Republicans] get the Senate, we can't repeal Obamacare, because the president would veto any bill to repeal it,” Graham said matter-of-factly in Simpsonville. “But you know what we can do? We can chip away at it.”

STFU you loathsome nancy boy.

5 posted on 04/30/2014 8:58:20 PM PDT by denydenydeny (Admiration of absolute government is proportionate to the contempt one has for others.-Tocqueville)
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To: ObamahatesPACoal
...even if it means electing a Democrat.

I'm no fan of Ms Grahamsesty. And, I have scores of posts hereabouts to attest to this.

That said, even a RINO is preferred, if there were no other alternative to a Marxist/Dem.

It's not about sending a message, it's about practical politics. It's about repealing obamacare and preserving the Second amendment.

We must have rigorous and confrontational debates within our party, in the primaries. Then, support whoever wins against the Marxists.

The divisive, lying fungus Ross Perot made this point more eloquently than anyone else can ever do

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6 posted on 04/30/2014 9:04:04 PM PDT by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: upchuck

Puff piece on a p****-puffer.


7 posted on 04/30/2014 9:04:49 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Richard Warman censors free speech.)
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To: Seaplaner
"It's about repealing obamacare"

So vote for the guy who says Obamacare can't be repealed?

"Then, support whoever wins against the Marxists."

And when the person who wins enables the Marxists, what's gained?

8 posted on 04/30/2014 9:07:44 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("Compromise" means you've already decided you lost.)
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To: BurningOak

Bullcrap - the primary is 6 weeks away.


9 posted on 04/30/2014 9:08:03 PM PDT by struggle
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To: BurningOak

Liberal media article, liberal media poll. They want him renominated.


10 posted on 04/30/2014 9:12:36 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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To: BurningOak

Whichever candidate you’re for, conservatives have to work hard and keep Goober under 40 percent. Then unite in the runoff behind whichever conservative survives.


11 posted on 04/30/2014 9:14:13 PM PDT by TBP (Obama lies, Granny dies.)
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ATTENTION SOUTH CAROLINA SCHMUCKS: WHY is this fat fancy boy eunuch winning in your supposedly reg state?

This is why the country is dying. Republicans are truly the stupid party. You are all talk. No intelligence. I noticed even the callers to talk radio are becoming stupider, as well. We are doomed. WE'LL PUT A BOOT IN YOUR ASS IT'S THE UH-MURRICAN WAY...

12 posted on 04/30/2014 9:17:34 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: Captainpaintball

reg state=red state


13 posted on 04/30/2014 9:18:12 PM PDT by Captainpaintball (Immigration without assimilation is the death of a nation)
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To: Seaplaner

Obamacare repeal does not hinge on Lindsey Graham being there in 2015 or 2017.


14 posted on 04/30/2014 9:20:07 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: BurningOak

Cruz was farther behind in the polls a month before his election.

Pray America wakes up


15 posted on 04/30/2014 9:25:59 PM PDT by bray (The Republic of Texas 2022 is here)
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To: BurningOak

Vote for the lizard of your choice, otherwise the wrong lizard might get elected.


16 posted on 04/30/2014 9:28:18 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:32 "The arrogant one will stumble and fall ; / ?)
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To: BurningOak
Wary of other incumbents who have not prepared for competitive re-election campaigns and lost, Graham and his campaign team have spent the intervening years raising money and shoring up support among South Carolina's political class -- all but guaranteeing Graham's path to victory.

Why do your job so the voters will have a REASON to like you when you can just hoodwink them will ill-gotten campaign cash and dirty quid-pro-quot endorsements?

17 posted on 04/30/2014 9:34:11 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: BurningOak
Just like McCain I am amazed at how people keep electing these RINO's.

McCain cheats in elections. Except when the opponent is a Marxist. Then he endorses the guy and falls on his sword.

18 posted on 04/30/2014 9:35:56 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: BurningOak

He will remain a US Senator BECAUSE of the stupid tea party. Though clash of egos and a failure to mount an effective opposition, they will hand victory to him.

Ideology is not enough. To win elections takes money, organization, and a willingness to work for a common goal instead of ones ego. Maybe if all the rest of the weak candidates were to drop out, the superPACs like Club for Growth where to drop, say, $5 million into Lee Bright’s campaign, there would be a chance. But I think they know it’s a slim one, and since none of the others has the sense to drop out and give one conservative a chance, it won’t happen.


19 posted on 04/30/2014 10:37:07 PM PDT by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Seaplaner

>>We must have rigorous and confrontational debates within our party, in the primaries. Then, support whoever wins against the Marxists.<<

The “hold your nose and vote for him because the other guy is worse” mentality. Tell me quick, how many times have the RINOs followed that advice when the Tea Party candidate wins the primary? ZERO.

In AK, RINOs got their way with a massive write-in. In DE,RINOs voted for a Marxist. In NV, RINOs joined the Marxists to trash the Tea Party candidate.

So, keep holding your nose and get the government you deserve.


20 posted on 04/30/2014 10:42:08 PM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: Seaplaner; AuH2ORepublican

Don’t worry, the democrat isn’t going to win just because some freepers decide they would prefer that.

Graham could still be forced into a runoff but I’m not optimistic he’d lose it, Lee Bright is running second, Lee Bright would be easy for Graham to attack.

We really needed a top tier candidate to have good chance at beating him.


21 posted on 04/30/2014 11:18:24 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Seaplaner

Sorry, at this point the only one I count on for defending my 2nd A rights is the guy in the mirror. Fortunately, it is enough.


22 posted on 05/01/2014 12:33:55 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Captainpaintball

Awww quit ur belly aching!.....(teasing) SC has an open primary, Lindsey wins by Dem votes. However he needs to get over 50%... or there will be a run off and I’m hoping he won’t. Dems can vote in either primary but not in both, they also contribute $$$ to Lindsey..... Sickening. Most SC conservatives are not at all happy with the Senator. So many voters vote with name recognition and don’t do their homework. That is not limited to just SC.


23 posted on 05/01/2014 7:11:16 AM PDT by lula (Shine the light of truth Lord, confound the deceiver I pray...AMEN!)
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To: BurningOak

Another propaganda piece from the Examiner. Let it be known that ANYONE can write for the Examiner. This piece was likely written by Graham’s campaign staff. RINOS were interviewed to present an aura of invincibility around Graham. This piece is designed to suppress and depress conservatives voters.

Graham is polling at between 37% and 42% approval, and those numbers have stayed the same for more than one year. All the execrable hand-wringers here need to chill out. What will defeat Graham is direct action against Graham and for a conservative candidate.


24 posted on 05/01/2014 8:24:41 AM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: denydenydeny

Gh0d, I hate that man. Can’t we get some wealthy republican to follow that fairy around and photography him in a bath house somewhere so we can get rid of him?

The people of South Carolina are in complete denial about him.


25 posted on 05/01/2014 11:51:15 AM PDT by thmiley (They need to print a three dollar bill with Graham's picture on it. Seriously.)
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To: BurningOak

You would rather have a Dem than Graham? Really? As much as Graham is a disappointing Senator, he is better than a Dem.


26 posted on 05/01/2014 5:04:21 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: ExCTCitizen

Graham is marginally better than a Democrat, but I want a conservative. Graham is alot harder to remove from a Senate seat in a conservative state than a Dem would be.


27 posted on 05/02/2014 12:18:03 AM PDT by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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