U.S. Senate candidate interview: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)

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U.S. Senate candidate profile: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)

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ON SENATOR GRAHAM’S CAMPAIGN. JANE: LET’S LOOK BACK OVER YOUR CAREER IN THE U.S. SENATE, SERVING THE PEOPLE SOUTH CAROLINA. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPANIMENT? LINSE GRAHAM: THE NUMBER ONE J OF ANY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REALLY QUITE FRANKLY ABOVE ALL THIS IS NATIONAL SATURDAY FULL-TIME JANCO FOR HIS TIME IN WASHINGTON, HE SERVED ACTIVE DUTY IN THE AIR FORCE AND LATER THE AIR FORCE RESERVES. HE HAS TRAVELED TO IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN 56 TIMES, RETIRING AS A COLONEL AFTER 33 YEARS IN UNIFORM. SEN. GRAHA I THINK I HAVE BEEN MAKING SURE THAT OUR MILITARY IS READY. JANE: HE SAYS — SEN. GRAHAM: I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING LIKE A TIGER WITH MY COLLEAGUES TO MAKE SURE THAT THE PORT OF CHARLESTON IS WHERE NEEDS TO BE. IT WILL BE THE PREMIER PORT ON THE EAST COAST ON WHY DOES THAT MATTER. ONE IN EIGHT JOBS IN SUMTER LET IT DEPENDS ON THE PORT. JANE: SENATOR GRAHAM BELIEVES THE SENIOR LEVEL POSITION HE’S EARNED IN THE SENATE PROVIDES HIM TO SAUGUS PLATFORM TO SERVE SOUTH CAROLINA. SEN. GRAHAM: I THICK MY BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IS THAT MY VOICE MATTERS. THAT I’M CHAIRMAN OF THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. I’M ABOUT TO LEAD THE CHARGE TO CONFIRM JUDGE BARRETT. I STOOD UP FOR JUDGE KAVANAUGH WHEN THEY TRIED TO DESTROY HIS LIFE. SO WHEN IT COMES TO THE CONSERVATIVE CALLS, I HAVE BEEN A FORCE IN THE SENATE WHEN IT COMES TO SOUTH CAROLINA. JANE: WHAT WITH THE HEALTH CARE PLAN B? SEN. GRAHAM: OBAMACARE HAS BEEN TOUGH AND TOUGH CAROLINA. WE STARTED WITH FIVE CHOICES IN THE EXCHANGES AND WE ARE DOWN TO ONE. HERE IS MY PROPOSAL. TAKE THAT MONEY, LEVEL OF THE FUNDING, SEND IT BACK TO THE STATES. YOU HAVE TO SPEND IT ON HEALTH CARE. YOU CANNOT BUILD FOOTBALL STADIUMS AND ROADS WITH IT. GIVE THE STATES THE CHANCE TO FIND OUT WHAT IS BEST FOR THEM. JANE: SENATOR GRAHAM GREW UP IN A BLUE-COLLAR FAMILY AND CENTRAL STUFF CAROLINA AND WAS THE FIRST IN HIS FAMILY TO GO TO COLLEGE. WHILE AT USC, HE LOST BOTH OF HIS PARENTS WITHIN 15 MONTHS. HE SAYS HE KNOWS THE HARDSHIP ILLNESS PUTS ON FAMILIES SENE WHATEVER I LEARN? THAT ALL OF US ARE — SEN. GRAHAM: WHAT HAVE I LEARNED? THAT — JANE: WHERE DO YOU STAND ON MAKING SURE THAT SUMTER MY STAYS CLEAN AND BEAUTIFUL? SEN. GRAHAM: I DO BELIEVE CLIMATE CHANGE IS REAL. I DON’T WANT TO STREW THE ECONOMY IN THE NAME OF THE ENVIRONMENT. BUT CO2 EMISSIONS, WE CAN FIX THIS. JANE: YOU HAVE BEEN ENDORSED BY SHERIFFS AND THE FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLIC IS THERE REFORM ROOM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT? SENECA TIM SCOTT HAS HAD A PROPOSAL TO REFORM THE POLICE O BODY CAMERAS, DE-ESCALATION TRAINING, HIRING MORE MINORITY OFFICERS, A LONG LIST OF THINGS AND DEMOCRATS BLOCKED IT FROM BEING CONSIDERED BECAUSE THEY WANT THE ISSUE. WHAT HAPPENS TO MR. FLOOD WAS OUTRAGEOUS AND PEOPLE NEED TO PAY A PRICE. COUNT ME IN THE CATEGORY OF BELIEVING THAT OVERWHELMINGLY, POLICE OFFICERS ARE HONORABLE, BRAVE, AND SHOULD BE SUPPORTED. JANE: IN TWO SENTENCES, WHY SHOULD UNDECIDED VOTERS DECIDE THEY WANT TO VOTE FOR LINDSEY GRAHAM? SE GRAHAM: I WILL BE CONSISTENTLY CONSERVATIVE. I WILL NOT SUPPORT THE MOST RADICAL AGENDA IN THE NATION THAT TRANSFORMS OUR COUNTRY. I WILL ALWAYS SUPPORTING CONSERVATIVE JUDGES AND THE MILITARY. I WILL NOT PACK THE COURT. I WILL NOT ELIMI

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U.S. Senate candidate profile: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R)

WYFF News 4’s Jane Robelot profiles South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is running to keep his U.S. Senate seat for a fourth term.

WYFF News 4’s Jane Robelot profiles South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who is running to keep his U.S. Senate seat for a fourth term.

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