On radio this morning, Glenn spoke to South Carolina Republican State Senator Lee Bright, who is challenging incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the upcoming U.S. Senate race. The primary is set to take place June 10, and the goal is to force a runoff by keeping Sen. Graham from reaching the 50% threshold. The numbers are in Bright’s favor across several polls, and he spoke to Glenn about the important differences between him and the incumbent, why he feels the need to go to Washington, and more.
“Well, we all know that Lindsay Graham is a nightmare. Vote for Lee Bright. That's all, everybody. That's all Lee has to say,” Glenn said. “But Lee is here to say a little bit more than that. The goal in South Carolina is to keep Lindsay Graham under 50% in the June 10 primary because then there would be a runoff… and he's currently under 50% in the polls I have seen.”
To begin, Glenn asked Bright to lay out how he differs from Sen. Graham. One of the major differences involves the education system.
“There's so many. Actually, I cosponsored the bill to stop Common Core in South Carolina. We've been fighting that for quite a while now. I mean it was an experiment by some leftist folks that put some money into a plan, and I called it a scheme to try and take over the education system and it was done very cleverly because it's not actually a federal program but the federal money is involved. So they put $1.2 billion out there to encourage the states to acquiesce because that's what they often do.”
“We're a nation of laws and the rest of the world is watching… If somebody is here illegally, I don't know how you reward that behavior. I mean it sends a message. And the fact that Lindsey Graham has been tone deaf when it comes to the view of South Carolinians – he's more interested in what the U.S. Chamber of Commerce says versus what South Carolinians say,” he continued. “And also wanted to touch another subject. I was the lead sponsor on the Obamacare nullification in the Senate. And now the bill that passed the House is before the Senate.”
Bright is just 43 years old and has been a South Carolina state senator since 2008. As Glenn explained it, Bright has his “who life ahead” of him. So why does he want to go Washington?
“I think our republic is on the verge of being lost,” he said. “If we don't send some real constitutional conservatives into Congress to fight them the next few years, I don't know how we'll survive. We can't have Lindsey Graham and John McCain, who continually roll over and want to look rational and reasonable, when there's no compromise with this guy… [President Obama] is bent on destroying this country, and we've got to send folks up to Washington that are going to fight him.”
If Bright does in fact win the election, he will join the likes of Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), and Rand Paul (R-KY) in the fight for smaller government. Glenn asked Bright if he relates to any of those men.
“I'm probably more like Ted Cruz. I would say that I am out front. I've been in the state senate now for six years and every major fight I've been out front… You got a couple of type of Republicans. You got the ones that want to be conservative, they just don't have the courage. And then you've got those that really aren't anything. They just want to be elected,” Bright said. “And if Lee Bright beats Lindsey Graham, it will give the ones that don't have enough courage the courage to do the right thing. And it will scare the ones that don't really have… any core principles and those we either need to defeat or we need to put the fear into them.”
With just a couple of months to go before the primary, Bright has a “money bomb” going on right now to help fund his campaign. He is hoping to raise $100,000 today, and Glenn encouraged anyone in the audience with a couple of dollars to contribute to consider doing so.
“It's BrightForSenate.com. He's got a money bomb going on today. He'd like to raise over $100,000,” Glenn said. “Thank you very much, Lee. I appreciate it.”
Learn more about Bright’s campaign HERE.
Watch the entire interview below: