Among the crowded field of potential Presidential candidates vying for the GOP’s nomination, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is the latest to stump in New Hampshire.
While visiting the Concord City Republican Committee on March 7th at the “Politics and Pies” forum, the 59-year-old Senator asserted that American ground troops would be necessary to defeat ISIS. In addition, he advocated for the reversal of defense spending cuts and, as President of the United States, Graham would restrict the movement of lawmakers until those cuts are reversed.
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In a chilling statement, Graham said he would not allow Congress to leave D.C. until his demands are met, declaring he would use United States military force to keep them there.
“…and here is the first thing I would do if I were President of the United States, I wouldn’t let Congress leave town until we fix this. I would literally use the military to keep them in if I had to.”
New Hampshire GOP leaders were unable to speak on behalf of the candidate.
Graham’s South Carolina U.S. Senate primary opponent, State Senator Lee Bright, had this to say:
“If Graham is not being serious he should choose his words with more thought. If he is being serious those actions would be a threat to the republic.”
Graham’s office responded to a clarification inquiry with:
“Due to the large volume of mail I receive, I regret that I am only able to respond personally to inquiries from South Carolinians.”