Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he is not ready to vote for the debt ceiling compromise, but that the Republican Party can declare "limited" victory in the negotiations.
The South Carolina senator said he supports the decision to pay for future debt increases dollar for dollar, but that the agreement fails to address entitlement changes or reduce the size and scope of government.
"I think what we've been able to achieve is historic in terms of the debt ceiling debate, but we're not - we're no longer running toward oblivion. We're walking toward it," Graham said on ABC's "This Week." "And now we need to stop and turn around, go back the other way."
Graham said he is unsure of how to sell the deal to those who voted in 2010 based on candidates' promises to change the "size and scope of Washington."
"What do I tell people at home who say, what did you do about getting us out of debt?" Graham said. "I slowed down how much debt you add? Instead of adding $10 trillion, we're going to add $7 trillion?"