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SCís Graham battles 6 foes in Senate debate
The State ^ | June 7, 2014 | Andrew Shain

Posted on 06/08/2014 6:47:31 PM PDT by Din Maker

COLUMBIA, SC — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s six GOP challengers criticized the Seneca Republican on Saturday, saying he had failed to protect the Constitution during the Republican Primary campaign’s only debate.

Graham, who is seeking a third term in the Senate, defended his record, including voting in favor of President Barack Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees and working to help illegal immigrants become citizens.

The debate - the only of the GOP campaign - came 60 hours before polls open for Tuesday’s primary.

The senator’s GOP opponents said change is needed in Washington. “If you truly are a conservative, then it is not necessary to spend $7 million in advertising to prove it,” Columbia attorney Benjamin Dunn said, criticizing Graham’s campaign war chest, which has swamped his underfunded challengers.

State Sen. Lee Bright, who brought a contingent of supporters to the ETV studios for the debate, said he would have liked to support Graham for re-election. But sending Graham back to Capitol Hill with his willingness to compromise with Democrats “would be a catastrophe for this nation,” Bright said.

Orangeburg attorney Bill Connor added: “It’s not personal. You’re a good man, but I think we need new blood.”

Graham’s challengers said they wanted Congress to cut government spending, programs and agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education and the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare.

“Health insurance is not the government’s responsibility any more than it’s the government’s responsibility to feed me, house me or clothe me,” Easley businessman Richard Cash said.

Graham, who also opposes Obamacare, said he wants to “means test” Social Security and Medicare benefits for more affluent retirees since Americans are living longer, citing the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, whom Graham succeeded before the longtime senator passed away at age 100.

“If you want to vote for someone who would vote like Jim DeMint, I’m you’re guy,” Bright said of the former U.S. senator from the Upstate known as “Senator No.”

Graham defended himself from criticisms that he is too willing to compromise, saying he must sit down with Democrats on occasion just like Republican President Ronald Reagan did. “Immigration” - for example - “is not a problem that is going to get fixed by yelling about it,” he said.

Cash was among Graham’s challengers who responded that amnesty is not the answer for dealing with undocumented immigrants. “I would say to those here illegally, you to need to go home.”

Columbia pastor Det Bowers said America needs to “remove the magnets” that attract immigrants to enter the country illegally and should no longer reward “lawless conduct.”

Graham’s foes also said they would use their standards in voting to confirm or reject Supreme Court nominees.

“A judge is not qualified if they don’t believe the Constitution should not be interpreted according to original intent,” Cash said.

Bowers said a “litmus test for a Supreme Court justice is a right to life. If we don’t uphold that, we’ve lost our republic.”

Graham said the best way to ensure conservatives are nominated to the Supreme Court is to elect a Republican to the White House, since the president nominates justices. “The Constitution was not set up to make sure that we get all of (ours) and they get none of theirs.”

The S.C. race is being watched nationally because it pits a conservative mainstream Republican, Graham, against Tea Party-tinged challengers. Asked about the Tea Party, Graham said he was the best qualified candidate to win money to fight radical Islamists and win changes to the federal health care overhaul.

“We have given away four (Senate) seats over the last four years because we nominated people who couldnt withstand scrutiny,” Graham said, referring to Tea Party-based Republicans in other states who subsequently lost to Democrats in general elections.

“I’ll beat the Democratic candidate’s brains out,” said Graham. “They know it. They’re not going to going to spend 15 cents here.”

Cash, Connor and Bright said they were proud of their Tea Party backing and involvement. Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace said politicians who spend too long in Washington stop caring about voters.

“The Beltway insiders, if they were serious about making the changes necessary to turn our economy around, they would have done it already,” she said.

But Bowers said the aim is bringing different sides together.

“I think if God was here today and you asked God what party are you a part of, He would say, ‘I’m a party of ‘I am my brother’s keeper.’ ”


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: gopestablishment; graham; grahamnesty; lindagraham; rino
I watched the Debate online. Graham was an arrogant a**. He thinks he's going to win without a run-off.
1 posted on 06/08/2014 6:47:31 PM PDT by Din Maker
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To: Din Maker
Graham, who also opposes Obamacare, said he wants to “means test” Social Security and Medicare benefits for more affluent retirees since Americans are living longer...

Lindsey Graham, you bastard!!! That sounds just like Barack Obama.
2 posted on 06/08/2014 6:50:24 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker

Don’t know the challengers... is Graham the only girl?


3 posted on 06/08/2014 6:51:30 PM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Din Maker

I was there - he was not happy. He had the turndown mad shaken up mouth…he did not have his Fox News Sunday demeanor by any means.

There was a Lee Bright tailgate party/rally right at the entrance to the hall. Shook LG up a tad.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: C210N

No, there is another; Nancy Mace.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 6:52:22 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker

He is sooooooooo insipid, but I wonder if there’s just too many challengers and Pansy will eke by.


6 posted on 06/08/2014 6:52:29 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: C210N

see www.BrightForSenate.com

And no, LG is not the only girl, but he IS the shortest of ALL candidates…..literally.


7 posted on 06/08/2014 6:52:57 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Baladas

lotta challengers is GOOD…..there’s a 50% threshold…..


8 posted on 06/08/2014 6:53:32 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: upchuck

Ping!


9 posted on 06/08/2014 6:54:03 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Baladas

I wonder if there’s just too many challengers and Pansy will eke by.
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Possibly. John Cornhole did it in Texas.


10 posted on 06/08/2014 6:54:44 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker
"Six" foes, is just too many. The opposition vote would be wayyyy too diluted.

Can the good traditional GOPers of the Great State of South Carolina unite behind the one best..."foe" of L. Graham, (D) SC ?

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11 posted on 06/08/2014 6:54:58 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: Din Maker

“said he wants to “means test” Social Security and Medicare”

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Corrupt RINO bastard...bought and paid for.


12 posted on 06/08/2014 6:55:22 PM PDT by EagleUSA
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Oh, a primary run-off state? Good, I didn’t want to see any results like those in the last two GOP presidential primaries.


13 posted on 06/08/2014 6:55:59 PM PDT by Baladas
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To: Din Maker
Graham, who is seeking a third term in the Senate, defended his record, including voting in favor of President Barack Obama’s two Supreme Court nominees and working to help illegal immigrants become citizens.

This is precisely why he's being opposed but he's too stupid to realize it. This is also a major reason why the Tea Party was born.

We're sick and tired of Republicans groveling, working with Democrats, and compromising away principles that have made the U.S. what it is, at least up until the Obama years.

SC conservatives - if Graham wins the primary, stay home. The days of the lesser of the two evils are over.

14 posted on 06/08/2014 6:56:29 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: C. Edmund Wright

What’s the pulse of this race there in SC, Edmond? Will we have a run-off?


15 posted on 06/08/2014 6:58:20 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

What do the polls show?


16 posted on 06/08/2014 6:59:24 PM PDT by Piranha (Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have - Saul Alinsky)
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To: Seaplaner
It's a primary run-off state. The more the merrier for the first round to keep Linda under 50%. After that it will be one-on-one with the top two vote getters.

/johnny

17 posted on 06/08/2014 6:59:52 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

If every Conservative voter in the State stayed home, there are still enough RINO and Progressive Pubbies in SC for Graham to win. The Dems are not real strong in that Old South State; not like they were in the ‘50s and ‘60s.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 7:02:19 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker

I hope Nancy Graham bets beat by Nancy Mace or one of the male challengers.


19 posted on 06/08/2014 7:02:40 PM PDT by MtnClimber (Just doing laps around the sun and shaking my head that progressives can believe what they do!)
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To: Din Maker

“The S.C. race is being watched nationally because it pits a conservative mainstream Republican, Graham, against Tea Party-tinged challengers.”

LOL!


20 posted on 06/08/2014 7:05:52 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: C. Edmund Wright; JRandomFreeper

lotta challengers is GOOD…..there’s a 50% threshold….
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We thought the same thing in Texas when we tried to get rid of John Cornyn.... 8 candidates running and Cornhole gets over 50


21 posted on 06/08/2014 7:11:18 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker

that doesn’t prove anything…..lot of challengers is good, but it doesn’t always work.


22 posted on 06/08/2014 7:12:02 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Baladas; alarm rider; Alex1977; at bay; Babsig; BILL_C; bnelson44; ColdOne; DesScorp; G.Love; ...
I wonder if there’s just too many challengers and Pansy will eke by.

In order for linda to "eke by," she's gotta get at least 50% of the vote in the primary.

I don't see that happening. More info.

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


Want on or off this ping list?
Just FReepmail me.

h/t to martin_fierro for the graphic

Help me - I am looking forward to dismantling the linda ping list for good. See tag

23 posted on 06/08/2014 7:13:19 PM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Piranha; Din Maker

Polls show Graham on verge of 50 - Bright clear second place but way back. Pray for bad bad weather.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 7:13:21 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Din Maker
It wouldn't have mattered if there were fewer candidates in the Texas race.

Dewhurst faced 6 (I think) challengers when Cruz wound up in the run-off against him.

In run-off primaries, more challengers is good. It doesn't always mean a win, but it's the best way to keep the incumbent (or incumbent wannabe) under 50%.

/johnny

25 posted on 06/08/2014 7:15:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Din Maker

To call this Nancy boy a conservative makes me gag a lot.... What a joke of a report. I sure hope one his challengers can knock him out


26 posted on 06/08/2014 7:16:50 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: upchuck

Six challengers? Graham can easily blow them all. I mean blow them all away in a debate. Yeah, that’s what I meant.


27 posted on 06/08/2014 7:18:28 PM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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To: Din Maker

I have to give Gayham props though, at least he showed up for a debate, which is more than can be said of Cochran


29 posted on 06/08/2014 7:19:12 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Piranha

Graham on the cusp. 4 polls, one has him over 50%. The rest show him below


30 posted on 06/08/2014 7:20:12 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Din Maker

Do they have voter ID


31 posted on 06/08/2014 7:33:24 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: C. Edmund Wright

C’mon , folks, let’s work hard to get those ABL (Anybody But Lindsey) voters to the polls on Tuesday.


32 posted on 06/08/2014 7:34:03 PM PDT by Walrus (I love the America that used to be ---I hate the America that now IS!)
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To: Walrus

Amen bros


33 posted on 06/08/2014 7:38:29 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (www.FireKarlRove.com NOW)
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To: Din Maker

Little Lindsey looked like a sheep being led to slaughter.
The only and I mean only one who didn’t stutter or stammer was Cash. He is the man he appears to be, nothing put on. He knows his own mind and it is based on ethics and upholding the Constitution and Bill of Rights. God, Country, and sanctity of human life.


34 posted on 06/08/2014 7:56:26 PM PDT by nakutny
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To: Din Maker

This many challengers is very diluting - this may be a runoff state, but there’s no single message against Graham to gain any traction. Looks like every challenger in polling in the single digits and Graham is close to being able to win outright...no clear alternative. That’s very unfortunate. Nancy Mace is at 2%???


35 posted on 06/08/2014 8:02:09 PM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: Din Maker

Too many challengers: Anti-Graham vote split. He wins.


36 posted on 06/08/2014 8:05:50 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: max americana

Hope that is the case.
Now all we have to do is get rid of Rove, who forces us to put up with losers (like Graham) as our only choice.


37 posted on 06/08/2014 8:06:01 PM PDT by nakutny
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To: MtnClimber; All
Well, FOX News had him on again tonight to discuss his statement about if Obama releases any more Gitmo prisoners without consulting Congress, they will impeach him. I'm so disgusted with FOX News... They love giving RINO punks free air time right before their Primary Election Day.
38 posted on 06/08/2014 9:36:31 PM PDT by Din Maker (Susana Martinez in 2016! Governor, Conservative, Female and Hispanic.)
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To: Din Maker

Every poll I have seen in the past year, has him below 50%. There will be a runoff.


39 posted on 06/08/2014 9:55:00 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: Steelfish
It's a run-off primary election. Graham has to get 50% +1 to avoid the run-off and win.

Multiple challengers work against him in this case.

/johnny

40 posted on 06/08/2014 10:50:44 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Din Maker

State Senator Lee Brite has consistantly been the highest ranking to take on Graham. He has a provable record of conservative votes.


41 posted on 06/09/2014 1:53:03 AM PDT by stilloftyhenight (...staying home isn't an option.)
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To: upchuck
I am looking forward to dismantling the linda ping list for good.

Wouldn't that be SWEET!

42 posted on 06/09/2014 3:28:13 AM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Dalberg-Acton

Did you see the debate. It was actually the other way around. linda pretty much made a fool of herself.

Congrats to the challengers for sticking together against linda.

The debate can be watched at your leisure on the SCETV web site.


43 posted on 06/09/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Seaplaner
"Six" foes, is just too many. The opposition vote would be wayyyy too diluted.

Just the opposite, actually - SC is a run-off state, so the more credible challengers on the ballot, the harder it is for Graham to get the 50%+1 he needs to avoid a run-off - and run-offs are bad news for incumbents, on the whole.

44 posted on 06/09/2014 5:39:30 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: upchuck

Thanks. I was just making a joke about Linda.


45 posted on 06/09/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT by Dalberg-Acton
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