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Lindsey Graham’s Debate Opener: “I Am Not a Ron Paul Republican”

In South Carolina, voters are set to head to the polls today to settle a divisive Republican primary fight between embattled US Senator Lindsey Graham and a field of six conservative challengers. South Carolina requires the winning candidate to get over 50% of the vote, and, if this does not occur, the top-two candidates must face off in a runoff election, which would occur two weeks later. The first and only Republican US Senate primary debate took place last Saturday, and Lindsey Graham responded to his first question by taking a shot at the libertarian wing of the GOP, represented by former US Congressman Ron Paul.

At around the 8:30 mark in the above video, provided by South Carolina Educational Television and featuring footage of the entire debate, Lindsey Graham receives his opening question. Debate moderator Beth Padgett of The Greenville News asked, giving voice to concerns rising from talk radio, “Senator Graham, one of the main criticisms we’ve heard from you in this election is that you’re too eager to compromise with Democrats — that you rush across the aisle to forge a compromise and, in doing so, weaken the Republican Party’s position sometimes. How do you deal with that criticism?”

Senator Graham responded with, “Well, at the end of the day, my job is to represent my state’s interests and put my nation ahead of the party, but I love the Republican Party. The reason I’m going to win the primary, overwhelmingly, I hope, is because I’m a Ronald Reagan Republican. I like Ron Paul, but I’m not a Ron Paul Republican… it’s not good to get to the left of Obama on foreign policy.”

Candidate Richard Cash, a small business owner, shot back at Graham‘s self-characterization as a Reagan Republican. “Senator, you describe yourself as a Ronald Reagan Republican, but a lot of us here on the stage tonight believe you’re a John McCain Republican.”

State Senator Lee Bright, who supported Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election, is polling in second place, behind Graham and ahead of the other five challengers. Also running are Nancy Mace, the first female graduate of the military college The Citadel, Bill Conner and Benjamin Dunn, both of whom are attorneys and veterans of the War in Afghanistan, and Det Bowers, a lawyer and Christian minister. Graham’s opponents challenged him on a wide range of issues, including his support of the Wall Street bailout, his confirmation votes in favor of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, his position on immigration, and his willingness to abandon issues important to conservatives in an effort to reach across the aisle and pass legislation.

The State is providing updated South Carolina primary election results throughout the day at this link.

Can You Guess The S. Carolina Delegate Who Voted With Obama To Raise The Debt?

Yesterday the Senate voted to extend the debt ceiling, and re-open the government. Along with the deal was a $3 billion earmark from Senate Minority Leader McConnell.  So much for a clean continuing resolution (CR).

SC-The Senate bill passed with a strong majority, having a 31 vote margin (81-18). In total, 27 Republicans voted in favor of the bill. In the House the bill passed (285-144). In total, 87 republicans joined all democrats and voted in favor of the bill.

So, what about South Carolina? Of the 6 Representatives only one voted in favor of the deal (Rep. Clyburn-D). In the Senate, Tim Scott (R) voted “no”. However, Scott’s colleague, Lindsey Graham, voted with South Carolina’s only democratic delegate in favor of the deal.

Graham made no apologies. On Facebook Graham told supporters that they did all they could do. He complains that Congress got bailed out, nothing was done to cut spending, etc. However, none of the supposed problems Graham had with the deal kept him from voting in favor of it.  Hundreds of Facebook users attacked the Senator for his vote.

Graham faces his most serious challenge to re-election this year than ever before. Two serious challengers have risen to the occasion. Businesswoman Nancy Mace and State Senator Lee Bright have thrown their names in the ring. Graham still leads in the polls. Mace follows Senator Bright who is in second place, and was just endorsed by the National Republican Liberty Caucus.

Breaking: The Republican Liberty Caucus endorses U.S. Senate candidate Lee Bright against Lindsey Graham

Today the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Lee Bright against Sen. Lindsey Graham. This is the first time a major national organization has backed a specific opponent of Lindsey Graham’s in this race. Sources told Benswann.com  that the endorsement was unanimous after a detailed consideration process, candidate survey, and direct Q&A with the candidate.


According to the RLC, the other Graham opponents declined to fill out surveys to go on the record about specific issues with the RLC (including Nancy Mace and Richard Cash).

The RLC recently backed Mark Sanford and was an early backer of Ted Cruz in Texas and Mike Lee in Utah during their primaries.

The endorsement will be announced in a series of press conferences across South Carolina on Wednesday.

The press conferences will be held in Greenville, Columbia, and Charleston.

Lee Bright will be speaking at each and will be available to talk to voters and the press.


According to Fitsnews.com, “U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s campaign is said to be in “meltdown mode” based on internal polling done in the wake of his conflicted votes on Obamacare last week.”

Clemson political science professor Dave Woodard conducted a poll recently and found only 31 percent of South Carolina’s Republicans plan to vote to re-elect Graham, regardless of who else was in the race.

Last week the Greenville County GOP, the largest and most influential party in the state, joined other county parties to officially censure Senator Graham. The censure resolution cites 29 points where Graham is said to have strayed from or violated the GOP platform, sided with Democrats, and openly ridiculed members of his own party.

*The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization founded in 1991 to advance free markets, limited government, and individual liberty within the Republican Party. More about the RLC can be found at www.rlc.org. More about the South Carolina chapter can be found at www.rlcsc.org. Joshua Cook, the author of this article is the Chairman of the RLC Greenville Chapter.

Lindsey Graham Lies To Voters About His Vote To Defund Obamacare

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) speaks to the press following his private meeting with United States U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice about the attack on U.S. diplomats in Benghazi, Libya in Washington

The heat has been turned on for Lindsey Graham, and he is feeling it. The embattled republican senator from South Carolina is relying on misleading semantics to deceive voters  into reelecting him over his two serious challengers, state senator Lee Bright (R) and businesswoman Nancy Mace.

The Senate voted last week on whether or not to defund Obamacare. The vote for cloture was the last chance republicans had to stop Obamacare in the Senate. All eyes were on the cloture vote. If cloture was achieved republicans would be outnumbered on the final vote to defund Obamacare and Senate democrats would easily end all hope for those wanting Obamacare to end.

Only 19 senators (all republicans) voted no on cloture. Senator Scott, South Carolina’s replacement for Jim DeMint, joined the fight against cloture and voted no. Graham voted in favor of cloture. In total, 79 votes for cloture allowed debate to end and the final vote to take place. All knew that if the final vote was allowed to happen then Obamacare would not be defunded. However, that didn’t stop every republican in the Senate from voting against Obamacare funding on the final vote. This way they could return to their constituents, as Lindsey Graham did, and tell voters that they voted to defund Obamacare.

Lindsey Graham writes to supporters to tell them he voted to defund Obamacare
Lindsey Graham writes to supporters to tell them he voted to defund Obamacare

In the letter above we see a US Senator deceiving voters. Graham was not alone. Republican senators around the country played the same card in emails and social media updates telling their constituents they voted to stop Obamacare, but there was nothing more they could do. This was certainly not the case. By voting for cloture, the majority of republicans allowed for the funding of Obamacare.

Lindsey Graham to be Primaried by Female, Tea Party Favorite: Nancy Mace

For months Nancy Mace has been making headlines. Supporters have been eagerly waiting and praying for her to run against Lindsey Graham in the South Carolina GOP primary. It seems they will get their wish.

Mace is the daughter of Brigadier General Emory Mace (US Army Retired), and the first ever female graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina. Holding a Master’s of Mass Communication and Journalism, and a Bachelor’s of Business, she is also the author of In the Company of Men: A Woman at The Citadel . In addition, Mace owns a successful small business called The Mace Group LLC, which is a public relations and marketing firm out of Charleston where she is married with two children. Mace is a contributor to multiple national media outlets such as The Hill and The Daily Caller. Having these ties make her dangerous to Graham as many primary candidates struggle to get national media attention.

Nancy Mace, Tea Party Favorite, Plans US Senate Run Against Lindsey Graham
Nancy Mace, Tea Party Favorite, Plans US Senate Run Against Lindsey Graham

Today she released some information, which thousands of supporters have been waiting to hear. She is planning to challenge Lindsey Graham and will make the announcement in her home town of Goose Creek, South Carolina this Saturday.

Mace said in an interview:

I believe we need a credible candidate who can challenge Graham. Someone who can bring together the liberty movement, the tea party, those who covet our second Amendment rights and the right to life, those who want to see greater economic freedom and prosperity brought to our nation through individual liberty and the free market. We need someone who believes in constitutional principles. We need someone who will not believe increasing taxes are suitable while ignoring out of control spending. What we are doing in Washington today is clearly not working. I am flattered by all of the attention. This is David vs. Goliath and it will take conservatives from across the movement to be successful.

Graham has been targeted by multiple Washington D.C. organizations such as Heritage Action, Club for Growth, Senate Conservative Fund and others.