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Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham (Republican, born July 9, 1955) has served as a U.S. Senator representing South Carolina since 2003. He previously served in the Air Force and worked as a lawyer before beginning his political career by serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives. (Wikipedia)

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Graham's positions on the issues:


Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Graham says: No.

From "Our individual and corporate marginal rates are some of the highest in the industrialized world, putting our economy and our workforce at an enormous competitive disadvantage.... We must lower marginal rates while streamlining the overall process and limiting the use of deductions and credits that are not cost-effective and have a distortionary effect on our tax system."


How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Graham says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From "Illegal immigrants should be forced to live under our rules, not theirs. It is essential that we pursue reforms that will bring an end to the unsustainable problem of 11 million illegal immigrants currently in our country living outside the bounds of legal structures. The status quo is de-facto amnesty. All illegal immigrants must be required to make restitution by paying steep fines, registering with the government, paying taxes on income, learning English, and getting in line behind every single legal immigrant if they want to apply for citizenship."

The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Graham says: No.

From "Washington has proven time and again that without a balanced budget, the temptation to spend money we do not have is too great. We need a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Imposing fiscal discipline will ensure that we set clear priorities, make tough choices, and live within our means as a nation."

Health Care

How should the government ensure that Americans receive health care?

Graham says: Repeal ObamaCare and let people buy insurance if they want.

From "President Obama's disastrous health care program has driven up costs, driven down choice, and grossly infringed on the liberties of hard-working Americans. We should repeal Obamacare immediately.... Following repeal, we must implement cost-effective, market-driven reforms that improve access to quality care for all Americans without infringing on individual choice."

Gun Control

What should be done to prevent more mass shootings in America?

Graham says: Make it easier for Americans to own guns, so people can defend themselves.

From "Our Second Amendment rights are fundamental to a free society. We must remain vigilant against any and all efforts to chip away at the rights of law-abiding gun owners to purchase, keep, and carry arms.... The federal government has no right to infringe upon the Second Amendment by banning any type of firearm, including so-called assault weapons."

Criminal Justice

Is police brutality against African Americans a problem?

Graham says: No. Aside from rare instances, police officers already treat African Americans fairly.

From CNN: ""I [] know the actions of the officer in this situation [who shot an unarmed Black man] do not accurately reflect on the many valuable contributions made by thousands of law enforcement officers in South Carolina and across our nation.""


Should the government do more to prevent climate change due to burning of oil and gas?

Graham says: Yes.

From Politico: ""If I'm president of the United States, we're going to address climate change, CO2 emissions in a business-friendly way," the [Graham] said. "I do believe that climate change is real." "When 90 percent of the doctors tell you you've got a problem, do you listen to the one?" Graham added, in a nod to the vast majority of scientists who say climate change is real and caused by human activity."

Gay Marriage

Gay marriage should

Graham says: Be left to the states to decide.

From "Lindsey Graham is a proud defender of traditional marriage and believes the people of each state should have the right to determine their marriage laws. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that state bans on gay marriage are unconstitutional, and he has chosen to respect the Court's decision. "


How should America fight ISIS?

Graham says: Send U.S. troops.

From "Where local, moderate groups are taking the fight to the enemy in Syria and throughout the Middle East, we must assist in providing the necessary capacity to undermine and defeat radical forces and keep the fight off of our shores. This will require a U.S. troop presence in the region of 10,000. A force of this size would have a stabilizing effect, and would work in support of a comprehensive strategy..."


How should America respond to Russian aggression?

Graham says: Push back, even if it risks war.

From "We have allies who are actively combating the aggressions of dictatorial powers that are hostile to the U.S. From pro-Western Ukrainians combatting Vladimir Putin's land grab and continued agitations on sovereign soil to moderate Syrian rebels who are fighting Bashar al Assad's murderous regime, there are a number of groups that need and deserve our support. Our economic, political, and military aid could be the decisive factor in these conflicts and would provide an efficient way to confront threats to our national security without placing a high burden on U.S. troops or taxpayers."

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