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Here’s What Lindsey Graham Offered to John Kerry When He Thought the Microphone Was Off

Posted by on Mar. 13, 2014 at 5:11 PM
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Here’s What Lindsey Graham Offered to John Kerry When He Thought the Microphone Was Off

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) was caught on a hot mic Thursday telling Secretary of State John Kerry to let him how he could “help” with House Speaker John Boehner.

Screengrab via NBC News

Screengrab via NBC News

Kerry had just testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the need to provide Ukraine with economic assistance amid its turbulent transition following the ouster of former President Viktor Yanukovich.

Both House and Senate Republicans have expressed opposition to the proposed bill, mainly over a provision that would give unused U.S. Military money to the International Monetary Fund (I.M.F.).

Graham was offering “help” in working with Boehner over his and other House Republicans’ opposition to the Senate’s version of the Ukraine aid package, a spokesman told TheBlaze.

“Let me know what I can do to help you with Boehner,” Graham is heard saying on the hot mic.

Kevin Bishop, a spokesman with Sen. Graham’s office, told TheBlaze the comments were no different than what he told the New York Times in an article published on Wednesday. He provided this portion of the piece:

…A group of officials from President George W. Bush’s administration sent a letter of support on Wednesday signed by Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state; Paul H. O’Neill and John W. Snow, the former treasury secretaries; Tom Ridge, the former homeland security secretary; and Stephen J. Hadley, the former national security adviser.

Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, said he was trying to persuade House Republicans to support the I.M.F. changes.

Graham told the New York Times, “International organizations like the I.M.F. can provide stability at a time we really need it.”


We also asked if Sen. Graham supports the Ukraine/I.M.F. aid bill as proposed, using unused military funds. Bishop provided another excerpt, this time from a Daily Beast article.

“But SASC member Lindsey Graham said he supported the legislation as it is and would fight to keep the IMF reform provisions in the bill, even though he was not thrilled about taking the money away from the military,” the article states.

However, if the funding dispute could not be resolved, the IMF reform section could be taken out of the bill, Graham said.

“If you can let the Ukrainian people know that help is on the way, it doesn’t matter if the bill is voted on two or three weeks from now,” he told the Daily Beast. “But if I had to pick something or nothing, I would say take it out.”

The Associated Press has more information on the aid bill:

The Senate was unlikely to vote before leaving for recess Thursday evening on a bill approving $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine, sanctions on Russia and International Monetary Fund reforms. Four Republicans backed it as the Foreign Relations Committee voted 14-3 in favor Wednesday.

At the same time, House Speaker John Boehner urged the Senate anew Thursday to adopt House-approved legislation for the loans, without sanctions or IMF provisions. But many House Republicans reject expanding the IMF’s lending capacity, which every other major country has approved. They say it increases U.S. taxpayer exposure; the counterargument is it immediately releases money for Ukraine.

Other Republicans oppose paying for the loans with unused military money

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by on Mar. 13, 2014 at 5:27 PM
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Good ole Lindsey..SMH.

by Silver Member on Mar. 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM
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He's up for re-election this year isn't he?

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Good ole Lindsey..SMH.

by on Mar. 13, 2014 at 10:53 PM

Quoting lylalane7275:

He's up for re-election this year isn't he?

Quoting Ednarooni160:

Good ole Lindsey..SMH.

Looks like it.

ELECTION 2014: Lindsey Graham challenger calls SC senator "ambiguously gay"

Posted by JAMIE SELF on March 13, 2014 Updated 42 minutes ago

— Four of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's announced challengers in June's Republican primary pledged support for each other Thursday if any of them end up in a runoff with the Seneca incumbent.

But a news conference announcing their alliance on the State House steps took an unexpected turn when the most minor of the candidates, Dave Feliciano of Spartanburg, took the podium and called Graham "ambiguously gay."

Feliciano said, "It's about time that South Carolina (says) hey, We're tired of the ambiguously gay senator from South Carolina. We're ready for a new leader to merge the Republican Party. We're done with this. This is what it's about, all of us coming together and saying, one way or the other, one of us is going to be on that ballot in November."

A former police officer from Spartanburg with no political experience who recently announced he's running for Senate, Filiciano signed the pact with state Sen. Lee Bright, Easley businessman Richard Cash and Orangeburg Attorney Bill Connor before the news event began and each candidate gave a statement.

A news release about the event showed that Bright, Cash and Connor had committed, but Feliciano showed up at the event at the State House.

The pledge says: "We, the undersigned genuine conservative Republicans, agree to endorse whichever one of our fellow signers advances to the run-off election against incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham following the South Carolina Republican primary election for the U.S. Senate on the 10th of June 2014."

Invitations were extended to all six announced challengers.

Graham has faced similar attacks before and denied claims about his sexuality.

After the event, Connor renounced Feliciano's comments as personal attacks and said each candidate's comment were their own.

Cash said he believe's in free speech, "but I also believe in being civil and respectful. Mr. Feliciano's comments were inappropriate and I disavow any association with them (the comments)."

However, both Cash and Connor said they still would honor the agreement, which they signed.

Bright left the conference early, before Feliciano spoke.

Filing for the U.S. Senate seat opens March 16, but some of Graham's opponents have been campaigning for several weeks or months.

Graham faces six challengers in June's primary if all go through with filing. In addition to the four present Thursday, Columbia pastor Det Bowers and Charleston PR executive Nancy Mace also are running.

Bowers and Mace were invited to participate in the pledge but did not attend.

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by Emerald Member on Mar. 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Wait, Graham has the balls to call someone else ambiguously Gay?

"edit" Wait, my bad, Graham was called that - makes more sense.

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