Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized two Republican presidential candidates for playing politics off President Barack Obama's comments on the shooting of Trayvon Martin.
"I think the criticism by our guys is a little off base," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused the president of politicizing the incident in remarks at the White House Friday, while rival Newt Gingrich characterized Obama's comments as "nonsense."
Obama commiserated with the Martins, whose 17-year-old son was shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and said: "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."
Graham, a South Carolina legislator, said the president did not help the situation by injecting his own voice into the conversation following the shooting.
"We all know there's a racial component to this and when the president highlights it, I don't think it adds a whole lot," Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I don't really think the president added a whole lot by injecting himself into it."
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