South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham delivered some of the most memorable lines of the undercard Republican debate on Wednesday when asked if his policies were too liberal for the Republican party.
“At the end of the day folks, I am trying to solve a problem and win an election. I’m tired of losing,” Graham said at the CNBC debate in Boulder, Colorado.
Graham defended his positions on climate change and immigration, which are more moderate than many of his conservative rivals in the 2016 race.Republicans Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and George Pataki joined Graham in the debate between the lowest polling candidates in the race. Most focused their attention on Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and the policies of President Barack Obama.
“Good God look who we’re running against,” Graham said. “The No. 1 candidate on the opposite side said she was flat broke after her and her husband were in the White House for eight years.”
“And the second guy went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon and I don’t think he ever came back,” Graham said of Bernie Sanders, who is a self-described democratic socialist. “If we don’t beat these people, who the hell we gonna beat?”