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The Pros and Cons of Lindsey Graham For President

Lindsey Graham declared today that he will announce on June 1 whether he is running for President or not… and then took all the drama out of the announcement by going ahead and saying that yes, he is going to run for President. So Lindsey Graham may not be the most politically adept member of the U.S. Senate, but he can count on being re-elected to the Senate over and over again because he’s a Republican from South Carolina, and people in South Carolina don’t send Democrats to the Senate.

Can Lindsey Graham extend his popularity among the right wing Republicans in South Carolina to win enough support to become President for the entire United States? Let’s take a look at the record of Lindsey Graham in the U.S. Senate to uncover his potential.

lindsey grahamPros

– In the 113th Congress, Lindsey Graham supported legislation from Senator Jon Tester that would have required electronic, rather than paper, submissions of campaign finance reports, enabling more rapid reporting of big money connections by the FEC to the public.

Cons

– Lindsey Graham voted in favor of George W. Bush’s plan to rush into war in Iraq in 2002, creating a disaster of a war and leading the forgotten war in Afghanistan to become the longest war in American history.

– Lindsey Graham voted to double the interest rate on student loans, at a moment in history when college graduates are having a more difficult time getting work in their fields that pays enough to allow them to make student loan payments.

– Over and over, Lindsey Graham has voted against taking action to deal with the growing problem of climate change

– In 2011, Lindsey Graham voted in favor of Defense authorization legislation that made it legal for the President of the United States to order the imprisonment of Americans for indefinite periods of time – without any criminal charge.

– Lindsey Graham has consistently voted to deny equal rights of marriage to heterosexual and homosexual couples

– When Lindsey Graham voted to reduce taxes on the huge inheritances of trust fund babies, he complained that Democrats were trying to “pick on” millionaires and billionaires

– Lindsey Graham voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act even after it was made clear that the law was being used to spy against Americans who weren’t suspected of any crime. Graham also voted to confirm Michael Hayden as head of the CIA. Hayden had led the implementation. of George W. Bush’s unconstitutional program to conduct mass surveillance against law-abiding Americans.

– Lindsey Graham voted to approve of the appointment of Alberto Gonzales as Attorney General, although Gonzales was the author of legal memos approving the use of torture by U.S. federal agents.

Can Lindsey Graham take a right wing extremist record like this and gain the support of the majority of the American people? Gosh, I hope not. He’ll carry South Carolina though, for sure.

3 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Lindsey Graham For President”

  1. Mark says:

    I live in SC.
    Lindsey Graham is not a Republican Right wing extremist. He’s more moderate than virtually any Republican in the Senate.
    However, there’s no way Lindsey Graham will win the Republican nomination for President. He’s reviled by conservative Republicans. He’s been called a RINO. He has actually had the temerity to work with and compromise with Democrats on immigration reform and other policies. (Aren’t they the Deveil’s spawn?) He has continued to win election as a Senator only because SC is a “red-dog” state, meaning that Republican voters will vote for a red dog running as a Republican before they’ll vote for a Democrat.

  2. J Clifford says:

    Mark, what part of the record noted in the article above is not right wing extremist? Just one item on transparency in campaign finance.

    If Lindsey Graham is considered moderate in South Carolina, well, that’s a sign of how bad things are in South Carolina.

  3. Mark says:

    You’re right, it’s bad here in SC. Lindsay Graham IS considered to be a moderate in this state.

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