Washington (CNN) – Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Obama is "beatable" in 2012, but that he doesn't see a viable Republican candidate in the field.
"I'm looking for the most conservative person who's electable and that person is yet to emerge," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
When asked about the results of the Saturday's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, Graham didn't throw his support behind any of the top vote-getters. Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul won with 30 percent of the vote and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.
"Mitt Romney is probably the frontrunner among traditional candidates," Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Ron Paul is well organized, have a lot of energy behind his ideas, but whether or not he could win a general election I think is a big 'if.'"
This year, the annual gathering of conservatives served as the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.
Graham said Republicans have a "tall task" in the next election to win over the American electorate.
"They're very much looking at the Republican Party anew. We're getting a second chance with the American electorate," he said. "I think President Obama is beatable, but we got to nominate someone that can win over independent voters."
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Mubarak seems to exhibit those precious GOP conservative values. Maybe he should run on the GOP ticket. How do you tell a Libertarian that the taxes under President Obama are the lowest in 50 years?
I think we will find that Graham is also beatable.
That person Lindsay probably wouldn't survive the Republican primary because their beliefs would be considered liberal and not pure. Eisenhower, Nixon and Reagan would considered liberals by today's standards.
Of course he is. Why? Because this is a democracy and every candidate that goes to an election is not 'elected' beforehand, like in the 'elections' held in Egypt and Iraq (during the Hussein rule).
Of course, sometimes there is a candidate that gets so good results in the polls that if he or she is not elected everybody screams 'FRAUD!!!'
But every candidate is 'beatable'...
Not after the American people see what Republicans really plan to cut from our budget rather than going after corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich.
‘Beatable’ true the questions who can do that?
Republicans has to do lot before 2012. Now the time has ran out
Former republican now independent one thing bothers me is now days politician copying vocabulary from far right wing pundits. They use same words or sentence to attack our president
Sen. Lindsey Graham doesn’t go that far so I respect him
While the president is trying to solve our problems the GOP is bashing him without one solution to help but stupid talking points!!!!
As a native S. Carolinian, former Independent now Dem., I do wish our state would soon realize they are constantly voting against their best interest. IMHO there isn't a Rep., other than Colin Powell, who refuses to run for anything, in this country that could come close to defeating our Pres. I really would like to see the respect he deserves shown him-not just OBAMA-it's Pres. Obama. How many of you who post here either write or call your congressmen or the White House?? Just curious.
Good luck with that. Did you see the list of straw poll contenders?
Please find your uber conservative Mr Graham. It's time America shows you that we do not want an ultra conservative. Obama's wim will be larger than his first landslide if you get the man you want- I kow it will be a man- women are still second class citizens to the conservative movement despite allowing them to speak.
We independent voters will always vote for the best ideas to move the nation forward...so far Republicans have only propose to cut taxes and spending to fullfil a campaing promise without taking into consideration the programs that are being cut...and that doesn't win my vote.
I doesn't matter you should vote for who you like. And if you don't like any of them then just don't vote
It doesn't matter you should vote for who you like. And if you don't like any of them then just don't vote.
President Obama doesn't have any worries, if that's all the lying corporation-lovin' republicans have to offer. NO MORE CORPORATE WELFARE AT OUR EXPENSE.
How? Its going to take more than Michelle Bachmann trying to fix her hair and makeup to look like Sarah Palin just to get
noticed. These Republicans are really beginning to look scary.
Republicans can beat Obama only if they can find another Gov like Jeb Bush. The hanging chads were an embarresment to our country, that allowed GWB a second term. The people spoke, but the Republican's didn't allow them to be heard.
Why is Graham worried about beating him in 2012 this is 2011 where is his prioritys
Republicans are known to steal what's not theirs and because they don't have anyone to beat President Obama they may try it again, I wouldn't put anything past them.
How many people understand, that, when the opposition (i.e. the GOPers) have nothing in the way of ideas or solutions, the only thing they talk about is Obama? Why is that? BECAUSE THOSE PEOPLE HAVE NOTHING EXCEPT CHILDISH NAME CALLING
Its sad, grown people, supposedly educated good christian white folks, reduced to school yard name calling to try and get rid of a smart man, President Obama
"Foget about it" – Obama 2012
I think the Repubs should find a candidate and win. The result would be that any country or terrorist group wouldnt mess with us because they would know they were dealing with Crazy People and you will never know what Crazy People will do.The Repubs are throwbacks to the dark ages and have Never contributed a single program beneficial to the general American populis.
I agree with so many of the comments here. the republican party has plenty of criticisms and no solution. that's because in the eight years they had in the executive branch (the white house) they did nothing but cator to corporate special interest and deep pockets that funded the lobbyists. now the nation is struggling to emerge from the recession they ushered in and all they offer is comments about the problems they created .
Anybody but another stupid liberal will be fine with me.
Beatable!!! Lindsey has to consult Huckabee on this. He fully understands how tough it will be to unseat him. Talking always is cheap!
Good Luck with that thought Lindsey Graham? But with that try thinking of new fresh Ideas to offer the people not more of the same ...you know tax cut , and social issue Rhetorics and lies TALK IS CHEAP
The GOP are either going to produce a Tea Party candidate like Palin who is going to turn off voters, or they are going to produce a flaky conservative like Romney who lacks any appeal within their own party.