It’s no secret Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not conservative. Between his time in the House and Senate, Sen. Graham has served South Carolina for 19 years, and he is set to face a tough primary battle on June 10. If there are any small government-minded, conservative South Carolina voters on the fence as to whether or not Sen. Graham really represents their values, a new article from FreedomWorks should make their decision a lot simpler. On radio this morning, Glenn ran through the “Top 10 Absurd Quotes by Lindsey Graham” as compiled by FreedomWorks’ Julie Borowski.
“This is fantastic because I want all those who are thinking about voting for Lindsey Graham to really revel in exactly who this guy is and what he's brought to your great state,” Glenn quipped. “Fortunately, because of the progressive movement, he affects the entire nation… Thank you for that. We appreciate that, South Carolina.”
While the FreedomWorks website provides greater context for these quotes, below are the 10 most absurd things Sen. Graham has said.
WARNING: Get ready for your head to explode.
1. On Syria: "The world is literally about to blow up and our president did not really paint a fair picture of the threats we face." Source: Huffington Post.
2. “We agree that climate change is real and threatens our economy and national security. That is why we are advocating aggressive reductions in our emissions of the carbon gases that cause climate change.” Source: The New York Times.
3. “I think TARP was necessary because the whole economy was going to collapse and Bernanke, Paulson, and everybody that I know and quite frankly trust, after Lehman brothers went down, that if we had not involved ourselves quickly you’d have a financial meltdown.” Source: Campaign for Liberty video.
4. “Free speech is a great idea, but we’re in a war.” Source: Real Clear Politics.
5. “He [Rand Paul]’s saying now that he wants this President to tell him that he will not use a drone to kill an American citizen sitting in a café having a cup of coffee, who is not a combatant. I find the question offensive. As much as I disagree with President Obama, as much as I support past presidents, I do not believe that question deserves an answer.” Source: Mediaite.
6. “We need to raise taxes to get our nation out of debt.” Source: Face the Nation.
7. “NCLB was a historic effort to bring about accountability to our schools and measure achievement and progress of our students.” Source: Graham Press Release.
8. “I’m going to vote with my party. I just think oil subsidies have to be part of a bigger package.” Source: The Political Guide.
9. “I’m a Verizon customer. I don’t mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States. I don’t think you’re talking to the terrorists. I know you’re not. I know I’m not. So we don’t have anything to worry about.” Source: Politico.
10. "And when they say, ‘I want my lawyer,’ you tell them, ‘Shut up. You don’t get a lawyer.'” Source: New York Times.
Read the entire FreedomWorks article HERE.
When you consider South Carolina is the home of great conservatives like former senator and Heritage Foundation president Jim DeMint, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), and Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), it is hard to imagine how Sen. Graham has been in office so long.
“South Carolina has really good common sense – good people and good common sense. We would not be talking about this if it was California or if it was any other place,” Glenn concluded. “If it were any other state, we wouldn't be saying this, but you're South Carolina. What the hell happened to you?”