Homespun South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham stole the show at the debate for low-polling GOP presidential candidates with tough talk about national security, even while straying from party orthodoxy.
“The party’s over for all the dictators. Make me commander in chief and this crap stops!” declared Graham, a longtime national guardsman and Foreign Relations Committee member.
He praised a controversial new budget deal for boosting defense, said global warming was real, and said and that he wouldn’t deport 11 million illegal immigrants.
“At the end of the day folks I am trying to solve a problem and win an election. I am tired of losing!” Graham said.
“Good God, look who we’re running against?” he continued. “The number one candidate on the other side thought she was flat broke after her and her husband were in the White House for eight years. The number two guy went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon and I don’t think he ever came back.”
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“If we don’t beat these people – who the hell are we gonna beat?” he concluded.
Graham was joined in the 90-minute “undercard,” before the main debate on CNBC, by former New York Gov. George Pataki; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Louisiana Gov. bobby Jindal.
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