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    Lindsey Graham: Immigration Reform Must Include Path to Citizenship

    Lindsey Graham: Immigration Reform Must Include Path to Citizenship


    Thursday, 07 May 2015 09:25 PM
    By Joel Himelfarb


    Sen. Lindsey Graham says he is "98.6 percent sure" that he will seek the GOP presidential nomination and promises to approach illegal immigration in a different way from other GOP contenders, USA Today reported Thursday.

    The South Carolina Republican, a close political ally of Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, is expected to formally announce his candidacy in the next few weeks.

    Like McCain, Graham, 59, is a leading national security hawk and an ardent advocate of bipartisan "immigration reform."

    In the interview with USA Today, Graham said that if he were elected to the Oval Office, he would not approve any immigration measure that did not include a way for illegal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.

    "If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship," Graham said, adding that his would be a "long, hard path."

    Graham said it is essential to ensure that the path exists "because I don't like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help. That's not who we are."

    He added that the Republican Party faces electoral disaster in 2016 if it takes a hard line on illegal immigration.

    "We'll lose," said. "I mean, we've got a big hole we've dug with Hispanics. We've gone from 44 percent of the Hispanic vote [in the 2004 presidential election] to 27 percent [in 2012]. You'll never convince me ... it's not because of the immigration debate."

    Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton criticized GOP opposition to amnesty on Tuesday, declaring that if elected she would expand President Obama's executive order permitting illegals who entered the U.S. as children to avoid deportation.

    Clinton contrasted her own support for a path to citizenship for illegals with GOP opposition to the idea.

    "Make no mistake: Not a single Republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship — not one," she said.

    With Graham's likely announcement, that is no longer true, USA Today's Susan Page wrote. Although Graham has opposed Obama's use of executive orders to protect illegals, the South Carolina senator's position on citizenship "puts him closer to Clinton than to any of his GOP rivals on immigration," Page added.


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    Lindsey Graham's Support in His Home State Seen As Shaky


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    Wednesday, 04 Mar 2015 01:00 PM
    By John Blosser


    While backers cheered Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, at a fundraiser at the Republican Capitol Hill Club Tuesday, home state support for his race for the 2016 presidential nomination looked shaky.

    A poll from Winthrop University found that six out of 10 South Carolina residents interviewed, or 65.3 percent, including two-thirds of registered voters, believe Graham should not seek the GOP nomination for president.

    Further, the poll states that Graham's approval ratings are low, at 45.5 percent for all those polled, 46.5 percent among registered voters and 60.3 percent among GOP and "leaners," the poll states.

    Only 26 percent of registered voters would like to see Graham run for the White House, and even 56.5 percent of Republicans would prefer that he stay out of the race, Politico reports.

    Graham's approval ratings are just slightly above those of President Barack Obama, which the poll found is around 40 percent, or below the national average of 50 percent.

    Graham said, "What compels me to run is that I’ve never been more worried about our nation and the threats we face at home and abroad, and we’re running out of time to deal with these threats," Politico reported.

    Graham also caused a recent flap with his wisecrack about House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, saying of her reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress, "Did you see Nancy Pelosi on the floor? Complete disgust. If you can get through all the surgeries, there's disgust," CNN reported.

    Graham later apologized, saying, "I made a very poor attempt at humor to talk about [Pelosi's] reaction, and for that I apologize," CNN reported.

    At the fundraiser, co-chaired by casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, Graham drew 200 supporters, and donors paid $1,000 to attend, and $2,700 to be listed as a co-chair, in contributions to Graham's exploratory committee, Strength Through Security, Greenville Online reported.

    "A lot of people in that room want me to go to the next level. We'll see if there is a path," Graham told Greenville Online after the fundraiser.

    Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, told Greenville Online that Graham "is really, really solid on national security issues, and to the extent that will be an issue next year, he can more than hold his own."

    New York venture capitalist Ken Abramowitz, one of 40 who paid to be co-chairs of the event, told The Washington Post that Graham is "a dark horse, but he’s a real solid speaker."

    Greenville Online says the three-term senator will travel to Iowa and New Hampshire this weekend to test his support in those early primary states.


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    Why on Earth does SC keep electing this idiot!?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by patbrunz View Post
    Why on Earth does SC keep electing this idiot!?!
    There are several from that "neck of the woods" I ask that question about. To add a couple, but not all inclusive, Marco Rubio. Mitch McConnell.

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    Lindsey Graham: '98.6 percent sure' to run for president

    By Kelly Cohen | May 8, 2015 | 9:07 am



    Lindsey Graham 2016 is all but official.

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is "98.6 percent" sure he'll run for the Republican presidential nomination.

    And if he does so, he will run on an immigration plan that starkly contrasts all the other GOP contenders.

    "If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship," Graham, 59, told USA Today in an interview published Thursday night. "You would have a long, hard path to citizenship ... but I want to create that path because I don't like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help. That's not who we are."

    Graham, a third-term senator, insisted that his immigration position does not spell doom for his Republican nomination hopes. Rather, if the GOP's immigration stance stays the same, it will fail in 2016.



    "We'll lose," he said. "I mean, we've got a big hole we've dug with Hispanics. We've gone from 44 percent of the Hispanic vote (in the 2004 presidential election) to 27 percent (in 2012). You'll never convince me ... it's not because of the immigration debate."

    So when Graham announces his presidential aspirations — which according to Politico will come June 1, likely near his home base of Seneca — he will become the first Republican candidate who clearly and consistently supports a path to citizenship, refuting a claim Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said earlier this week.

    Graham will also come into the race against three other senators who have already declared: Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

    About Rubio, Graham said: "One of the candidates here helped write the bill; he now says we've got to secure the border first. That's not practical. No Democratic Congress is going to give the Republican Party everything we want on border security until you tell them what happens to the 11 million."

    He continued about Paul, saying: "He's a nice man; I like him a lot (but) he's a libertarian. He is one step behind leading-from-behind. At the end of the day, his world view has not stood the test of time and I think he'd be the worst possible person to send into the ring when it came to foreign policy."

    Should Graham formally enter the race, he has a long way to go. According to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, he is currently polling 12th, with under two points. The leader, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has 15.5 points, followed by Rubio with 14.3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jean View Post
    By Kelly Cohen | May 8, 2015 | 9:07 am



    Lindsey Graham 2016 is all but official.

    South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he is "98.6 percent" sure he'll run for the Republican presidential nomination.

    And if he does so, he will run on an immigration plan that starkly contrasts all the other GOP contenders.

    "If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship," Graham, 59, told USA Today in an interview published Thursday night. "You would have a long, hard path to citizenship ... but I want to create that path because I don't like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help. That's not who we are."

    Graham, a third-term senator, insisted that his immigration position does not spell doom for his Republican nomination hopes. Rather, if the GOP's immigration stance stays the same, it will fail in 2016.



    "We'll lose," he said. "I mean, we've got a big hole we've dug with Hispanics. We've gone from 44 percent of the Hispanic vote (in the 2004 presidential election) to 27 percent (in 2012). You'll never convince me ... it's not because of the immigration debate."

    So when Graham announces his presidential aspirations — which according to Politico will come June 1, likely near his home base of Seneca — he will become the first Republican candidate who clearly and consistently supports a path to citizenship, refuting a claim Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton said earlier this week.

    Graham will also come into the race against three other senators who have already declared: Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida.

    About Rubio, Graham said: "One of the candidates here helped write the bill; he now says we've got to secure the border first. That's not practical. No Democratic Congress is going to give the Republican Party everything we want on border security until you tell them what happens to the 11 million."

    He continued about Paul, saying: "He's a nice man; I like him a lot (but) he's a libertarian. He is one step behind leading-from-behind. At the end of the day, his world view has not stood the test of time and I think he'd be the worst possible person to send into the ring when it came to foreign policy."

    Should Graham formally enter the race, he has a long way to go. According to a RealClearPolitics average of polls, he is currently polling 12th, with under two points. The leader, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has 15.5 points, followed by Rubio with 14.3.

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