Is this state senator the next Ted Cruz? Another candidate steps up to challenge Lindsay Graham

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On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to South Carolina Republican State Senator Lee Bright, who is challenging incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham in the upcoming senate race. Bright joins fellow candidates Nancy Mace and Richard Cash in the Republican primary fight, and Glenn found himself impressed with Bright and his background.

“So now you are officially in the game and you are officially running against Lindsey Graham,” Glenn said to Bright on radio this morning. “What is the reason why people from South Carolina should trust that you’re going to be any different?

“Well, I’ve done that in the State Senate, I’ve been very conservative,” Bright said. “I’ve got a 100 score with the South Carolina Club For Growth, got the high score in the legislature in the Republican liberty caucus. I’ve been consistent on social and fiscal issues. Basically I’ve been fighting the good fight and looking forward to doing that in Washington.”

Sen. Graham made headlines recently for his ill-advised comments about not knowing how bad things really were in Egypt. He has said he doesn’t mind if the NSA listens to his phone calls from time to time. He mocked fellow Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) for his decision to filibuster the Obama administration’s drone policy. It’s safe to say that Sen. Graham does not align with conservative values. But would Bright be any different? Glenn asked him what he would do upon arriving in Washington.

“I think somebody’s going to take the fight to Obama,” Bright said. “Instead of trying to find ways to compromise with someone who is dismantling the foundation of our nation, we need to take the fight to him and we’re not doing that… We’ve got three in the U.S. Senate that are doing it and, you know, I’m hoping that we get more. But it’s just a matter of taking the fight to him.”

When you are facing off against someone like Sen. Graham, you are really facing off against a machine of progressives from both sides of the aisle who will stop at nothing to maintain power. Glenn reminded Bright that it will be a difficult and trying fight.

“And that’s what I told people after I got elected to the State Senate. I said, ‘You think things are bad until you get down there and you find out how bad it really is.’ And I’m sure Washington’s even worse,” Bright explained. “I’ve been through a lot in my life. I have had to go through a business that did not survive the economic times, I had cancer when I was in high school, my wife and I had two very tough miscarriages. I’ve been through a lot in my life, and the very thing that holds me is being grounded in my faith. And I realize that we’re all but vapors on this Earth, and I want to be able to make a difference and to be able to say that my life mattered. And by going up there and being a part of the crowd, I’m not going to be able to make a difference.”

“Okay,” Glenn responded. “So that brings me to my question: How’s your soul?”

“How’s my soul,” Bright reiterated. “I’m a sinner saved by grace. That’s how my soul is. But I’m worried about the soul of America, which to me, right now we’re in some dark times.”

While many have been known to falter on that particular question, Glenn was impressed by Bright’s response.

“I think I’m going to take that,” Glenn said. “I would like him to go a little deeper, but I think I’ll take that one. I think I’ll take that one.”

“Really,” Stu exclaimed. You’re going to accept an answer to that question? You never accept any answer to that question.”

Challenging Sen. Graham will be no easy task, and Bright should expect a tedious fight. Glenn, however, came out of the interview surprisingly optimistic.

“I will tell you, you know who he reminds me of,” Glenn asked. “Ted Cruz – when we first started interviewing Ted Cruz. Not sure because I’d like to see the proof is in the pudding, but he said a lot of the same things that Ted Cruz said.”

“I will say that he definitely has a good handle on why he believes the things he believes,” Stu continued. “He doesn’t seem like he’s a guy who’s coming to this as, ‘Oh, well, you know, I know the Rand Paul thing’s kind of trendy at the moment. So I’m going to go down that road’… The question is can he win.”

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Someone needs to thoroughly check him out and confirm his statements, words to deeds and the voting record – where is he consistent, where not and for what reasons.

    Right now I wish we had two Ted Cruz here in AZ to replace McCain and Flake.

    • Pachy Serrano

      2 more in the line of the “Do-Nothing and Scream hell-No” congress line by the tea baggers . . . That’s why we are like we are, folks

      • Anonymous

        Yes, “hell no” to all that harms our country and its people.  So much damage has been done already, but the left is not satisfied until this nation has been
        bled dry and totally destroyed.  We need to turn this ship around!

        • greywolfrs

          Fudgepacker doesn’t care if the bills passed are good or not, it’s all about doing SOMETHING, ANYTHING. That’s exactly why so many bad bills have passed. Idiots like fudgepacker do not realize that we are saddled with poorly written laws because of this mentality. He isn’t the brightest bulb in the box.

      • greywolfrs

        Wrong, this country is in bad shape because idiots like you believe do anything is better than passing bills that actually make sense and are for the good of the country. Again, you are an idiot of the highest order, fudgepacker.

    • Anonymous

      like Anne responded I’m taken by surprise that a mom able to earn $7350 in a few weeks on the computer. did you read this page w­w­w.K­E­P­2.c­o­m 

    • soybomb315

       What – you are not going to go blindly with the “lesser of two evils”?

      So the more important the election, the more lee-way you give them?

  • Sam Fisher

    Anyone but Lindsey Graham please. 

    • soybomb315

       There is that blind spirit….Lindsey graham is bad, but lets not be animals about it….The purpose of the primary is to pick the best one

      • Sam Fisher

        What if the choices are not that great? I mean I have not heard of any of these guys running against him.

        • Kristi Walker

           God.  THAT mentality is what kills this country.  LOOK THEM UP.  And yes, anyone…ANYONE…would be better than Graham, at this point.  Don’t NOT vote for someone because you haven’t “heard of them”.  Do the work and research.  Lee Bright has been all over the media in the last four years.  If you haven’t heard of him, then you aren’t looking.

  • Pachy Serrano

    Ladies and gentlemen, here is the next “do-nothing”, “say-no to everything” prospective senator from SC . . . what a shame!! for conservatives . . . Next.

    • Anonymous

      any one but L.G.  we need to change Wash. not get along and kiss obama 

    • Anonymous

      Very well, Pachy, so you’re taking the loyal opposition stance. Sorry that you have to denigrate someone who looks to be one who might turn things around.

      What I would like to ask you is what positive thing do you suggest someone do — automatically go along with the current Democratic line, move toward socialism, and work toward the destruction of the USA? 

      Sadly, all we hear from those like you, is negativity toward anyone who works to oppose the current leftward slide of politics today. What do you propose? That we all get on the bandwagon together and move that leftward slide into a gallop toward socialism? A one-party government? No opposition allowed?

      Okay, what do you propose this ‘next “do-nothing”, “say-no to everything” prospective senator from SC’ actually do? At this point, since he is not elected and in power to actually “DO” anything, let us allow him to at least “SAY” what he would do, then hold him to it when he does get into a position of power.

      Or is it, like I commented above, you want everyone to become a one-party man, and aid the drive to socialism?

      What is it? Anything positive to do? Or are you all negative?

      Remember Benghazi. Who said, “Stand down.”?

      Laus Deo

    • greywolfrs

      Another stupid comment from the ignorant. Morons like you think “something” should ALWAYS be done. Have you ever heard the saying “less is more?” The part morons like you do not seem to be getting is I would rather they do NOTHING than pass another P O S bill, that we are saddled with till the cows come home. Idiots like you just want them to pass something/anything, regardless of whether it is good or not. It shows what a complete dolt you are, fudgepacker.

      • soybomb315

         I agree with folks like Ron Paul who think washington should be a ghost town

        • greywolfrs

          I love Ron Paul, but the government does need to function, it is a necessity. It is simply supposed to be LIMITED in nature. That is why the Constitution was written in the manner it was. The Founders KNEW they needed a government, but they KNEW they HAD to limit it. Hence, the Bill of Rights…

  • Bill Gieseke

    What a cool job to apply for – Senator or Congress – do nothing while saying a lot with no consequences other than getting paid a lot while sitting around smiling. Wow! Where do I apply?

  • Anonymous

    Graham is a rino, more of a Democrat, , get rid of him

    • Anonymous

      I second that!

  • Anonymous

    I am going to look at the candidates for the Senate,
    House and Presidential races very carefully.  We
    do not want hidden surprises from either party.

  • mspatdev

    I thought Graham was a pretty good guy digging everything up about Benghasi. He’s been really good at that. I have see a lot of post about him going to the Mid-East and not knowing that it was a mess. Have you thought that obammy has kept the senators and house from going over there. obammy doesn’t want his Congress going over there and snooping any more then they have to. 

  • suz

    i do enjoy hearing what he said:  “let’s take the fight to obama.”  we have yet to hear that sort of very bold political speak.  so what’s next?  how does he ‘take the fight to obama?’  how does he ‘advance?’

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  • Kristi Walker

    I went to college with Lee, I’ve worked with him on school choice legislature and I’ve checked his record.  He is exactly what he claims to be.  This is the man to remove Graham from office.  Frankly, as much as I like Lee and will be voting for him, ANYONE that beats Graham will be better than Graham.  

  • Kristi Walker

    If you want Graham out, join us here:

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