Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was on CBS’ Face the Nation this past Sunday in an effort to explain why he would make the best choice for President come 2016. Sure, we conservatives may hear him say this and guffaw… but the media actually takes Graham pretty seriously. One of the left’s favorite Republicans, John McCain (R-AZ), happens to be Graham’s closest ally in the Senate, so it stands to reason that Graham would likely be a GOP media darling too.
For her part, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell does point out that many Republicans are at odds with Graham on various issues, but he countered that by saying that on “National Security” he was the best qualified candidate. Some of us, even in the GOP, would disagree with that assessment. Sure, he’s had the most experience in dealing with national security issues, but that doesn’t mean we want him making the calls on those issues.
Well, I won in South Carolina. It’s a pretty red state.
I’m for immigration reform, starting with securing your border. All Republicans agree with that, more legal immigration. Paying illegal immigrants under the table is a real threat to the middle- class wage growth. That’s one of the reasons we need to fix immigration.
But my view on immigration is shared by 70 percent of the American people. When it comes to Supreme Court justices, if I get to be president, I would nominate Trey Gowdy. And I would expect Democrats to vote for him because he’s a qualified person. I thought Sotomayor and Kagan, while I would not have chosen them, were very qualified candidates to be picked by a Democratic president.
So, I’m very comfortable that I’m in the mainstream of conservatism. I have done very well in a red state. And when it comes to national security and understanding the threats our nation faces, I believe I’m the best qualified of anybody on our side of the aisle to offer an alternative to a failed foreign policy of Barack Obama.
My organization is called Security Through Strength. We will never have peace with radical Islam, but we can have security.