The campaign of Lindsey Graham, the two-term Republican senator from South Carolina facing several primary challengers this year, is making significant radio and TV ad buys this week in markets around the Palmetto State. The purchase price of the ads is reportedly $220,000.
"The ads will start running on radio and TV Wednesday and air through Feb. 24," reports Politico. "They can be seen and heard in the Charleston, Columbia, Greenville-Spartanburg, Florence, Augusta, Savannah and Charlotte media markets."
The Graham campaign released a 60-second radio ad that touts the Republican's opposition to Obamacare and efforts to investigate the Obama administration's response to the Benghazi attack. "On Obamacare, Lindsey Graham voted 'no,' and is fighting to repeal it," says one voiceover. The ad also notes Graham's fight against the National Labor Relations Board's suit against Boeing, which relocated a plant to South Carolina.
"A true conservative, Senator Graham was ranked one of the Senate's top five spending cutters," says another voiceover. "Lindsey Graham: the conservative who gets things done." Listen to the ad:
Graham has five primary challengers, all of whom argue the state deserves more conservative representation in the Senate. His support for comprehensive immigration reform and votes for President Obama's judicial appointments top the list of conservative complaints against Graham.
Last week, the Graham campaign released an internal poll showing the senator with 53 percent support in the primary, which will be held on June 10. If Graham can hold those numbers, he would clear the 50 percent threshold to avoid a runoff. But state senator Lee Bright, considered Graham's closest challenger, responded by releasing his own poll showing Graham getting just 46 percent. Moreover, the Bright poll found only 38 percent said Graham deserved to be reelected. Bright polled ahead of the other challengers, getting 17 percent support.
Graham protests that, for all his unorthodoxies, he is in line with the mainstream of South Carolina voters. What about the charge that he’s a Republican in name only, not a true believer? “If you look at my voting record and my approach to fiscal and social conservative issues, I’m, by any reasonable definition, conservative,” he says. “What I’m not is a person that rejects the idea of trying to solve the problem. And for some, it’s not enough to agree with them on the issue. You have to hate the other side. I’m not going to live my life hating. I don’t have to. To some, the only way to prove you’re conservative is just to tear the other people limb from limb. I can throw a punch, but I also can get something done.”
Graham’s lifetime rating by the American Conservative Union is 89 out of 100. He is one of the pro-life movement’s strongest allies in Congress, most recently as the author of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation with certain exceptions. In the Obama era, Graham has voted against all of the major legislative efforts of the Democratic agenda, including the stimulus, the Dodd-Frank financial reform package, and Obamacare. When Graham was in the House of Representatives, he made a name for himself on C-SPAN as an incisive interrogator during the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton. More than a decade later, Graham has pushed forward the investigation into the Benghazi scandal. In October, he said he would use his privilege as a senator to hold up all of Obama’s nominations until the administration allowed witnesses to the fatal attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi in 2012 to testify before Congress.
Duncan, S.C. The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently.
President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.
In a letter sent to the Russian ambassador the U.S., Senator Lindsey Graham asks that Edward Snowden be turned over to American authorities.
"The Snowden case is an important test of the 'reset' in relations between our two countries. Mr. Snowden's own statements have made clear his guilt. If our two nations are to have a constructive relationship moving forward, Russian cooperation in this matter is essential," writes Graham.
Three U.S. senators have identified the missing parts of the response to the Benghazi terror attack. In a statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain list "What We Do Not Know" about Benghazi:
In a joint statement, four lawmakers urge President Obama to treat the Boston bombing suspect picked up last night in Watertown, Mass. as an “enemy combatant.” Here’s the joint statement, signed by Rep. Peter King, Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, and Lindsey Graham:
The New York Times reported Monday that congressional Republicans were split on the coming defense budget sequestration, with many in the GOP suggesting the cuts ought to go through because "fiscal questions trump defense" Now, more than 70 foreign policy experts, including prominent Republicans and Democrats, have signed a letter drafted by the Foreign Policy Initiative that urges congressional leaders to act and stop the sequestration.
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has written a letter to Chuck Hagel to ask that he open his Senate archive at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Graham, who also asks Hagel to authorize the release of past speeches organized by the Washington Speakers Bureau, believes interested parties should have access to the former Nebraska senator's record.
Having profoundly failed to enforce federal immigration law for the past several decades, the federal government is now angling to use the immigration debate as a means to accentuate its own power. The Wall Street Journal reports that Senator Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), among others, supports a national biometric I.D. card, calling it “the public’s way of contributing to solving the problem” of illegal immigration.
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has just sent a letter to Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee, Chuck Hagel. Graham asks if, at a 2010 appearance at Rutgers University, Hagel said Israel "was risking becoming an apartheid state."
General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared to be unaware that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified that she did not see a cable from Ambassador Christopher Stevens in August of 2012 in which the late ambassador warned the consulate in Benghazi was not safe from attack. Republican senator Lindsey Graham asked Dempsey about Clinton's testimony.
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, admitted in a Senate hearing Thursday that no military assets, individual soldiers or aircraft, sent in response to the September 11, 2012, attack on the American consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Watch the video below: