August 7th, 2007
06:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Graham poses with Clinton/Obama/Osama sign

Graham is seen holding the sign in a photo obtained by Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have taken heat recently for posing with a controversial campaign sign likening Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden, but that didn't stop South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham from holding a similarly worded sign, in a photograph published by Tuesday.

Graham, a supporter of Arizona Sen. John McCain's presidential bid, is seen in a photograph dated July 27 holding a sign saying "Obama, Osama, and Chelsea's Moma say cut and run," next to a McCain campaign sign.

The sign is an obvious grouping of the two leading Democratic presidential candidates - Sens. Hillary Clinton, the mother of Chelsea Clinton, and Barack Obama - with Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

In a statement released Tuesday evening, Graham said, “I was handed the sign by a rally attendee as I was leaving. I should have been more careful and I apologize.”

The sign is nearly identical to a sign Romney posed next to two weeks ago - right down to the misspelling of "momma." The sign Romney was photographed with said "No to Obama, Osama, and Chelsea's Moma."

Romney, who was criticized by one member of a New Hampshire town-hall meeting - later identified as a Democratic blogger - for posing with the sign, said, “I have a lot of pictures taken with people. I don’t really spend all that much time looking at the signs and the T-shirts and the buttons. I don’t have anything to say about a sign somebody else was holding.”

- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Evan Glass

soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Luke Montgomery,AL

    You have got to be kidding me. How is this article and picture racist? Where are the racist statements, where does the grouping of Muslims and Osama happen? The sign basically states that the all three parties listed hold a stance that we should "cut and run." Nothing more, nothing less. It seems some people try to read to far into simple statements looking for something to be offended about. If more time were spent on something meaningful instead of finding new ways to become pissed off at people, there might be hope for the system. Besides, who reports the news, who decides what is shown and what is not, the new companies. Which would you pick sensational and provocative, or simple and uncontroversial? Media has led most people nowadays to try and decipher what is not really there, read it for what it is, and as I am sure most readers are not analysts.

    August 8, 2007 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Mrs. America, somewhere, USA

    What the most interesting part of this story is that these people running for office are so eager to have their pics made, they don't bother READING what they are posing with???? They are probably doing the same amount of reading on the bills they are passing...

    August 8, 2007 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  3. Travis Norfolk, VA

    Wow. Did any of the liberal commenters above read the article? I know reading comprehension might not be your strong point.
    Don't get me wrong, I despise Mr. Romneys political views. I'd rather vote for Hillary *shudders in revulsion*, but there is no way that sign expresses his opinion.

    August 8, 2007 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Saffoula, Seattle, WA

    While I find the rhyme devoid of class and I find it incredible that the Senator did not read it first, the sign is a perfect example of freedom of speech. Let's be sure to elect a president in 2008 who supports and protects civil liberties and does not reach out to impose democracy on sovereign nations at the expense of our country and its next generation.

    August 8, 2007 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  5. VanReuter NY NY

    James Torrance-
    So, the sign is actually referring to some Museum of Modern Art in Chelsea?
    The idiot spelling of, "momma", is exactly the same as the sign held by Mitt Romney, which leads one to believe that it was the same sign.


    August 8, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  6. OPA

    To James

    Bush did lie and people are dying. What excactly does Barack have in common with Osama again? Absolutly nothing. There is a difference.

    August 8, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. Anonymous, Calif

    Real class act there by the voice of the neo-con's Graham and McCain.

    August 8, 2007 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  8. Gail, Modesto, CA

    The sign picture is hysterical. I don't care whether or not he knew what he was holding or whether or not he knew his picture was being taken. I just have NO CLUE how HIllary Clinton could be a possible candidate for President of the Unites States of America. The woman is a criminal. She has continually committed crimes and proved time and again that she is unethical. How can someone who steals from us (the taxpayers) be allowed to run for President. She should have to pay for the things she stole from the White House when she and Bill left office. They (Bill and Hillary) held this country hostage for eight years, we DO NOT want anymore Clintons in the White House.

    August 8, 2007 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  9. Randy Anderson Las Vegas, NV

    Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson;
    Before you all enter into/onto the trail of campaigning; Caution! Here are some words of wisdom. This is directed to CNN: Comments made are no more offensive or too smart; than the sign that “GOOD OLE BOY” Senator Lindsey Graham was holding on Tuesday 8/07/2007, so you’re producers and staff had better not delete US and our post? If you continue to stifle free speech as you may, you shall as well merge with the “F” network!

    August 8, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. Jeff Henrikson, Chicago

    Hey Lindsey, I have a few signs also, but don't take them personally, I didn't read them either.

    "Lindsey Graham, as crumby as the cracker"

    "George Bush, daay's little girl"

    "Mitt, Mormon, Moron?"

    "Gulliani, 3 marriages, 3 strikes, your out!"

    "Brownbeck of Kansas; will someone please drop a house on this man"

    "McCain, maybe he was in that POW hole a bit too long?"

    I could go on all day, but I have real issues to deal with, unlike our politicians.

    August 8, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Framing Wizard Las Vegas, NV

    Message for our American Public and/or our Republican/Democrat with independent candidates alike, all of the above

    Before you all enter into/onto the arena of the trail of campaigning; Caution! Here are some sound words of wisdom. United States of American and its legal and proud citizens of our loving country that are constantly/openly out from inside the shadows and are not in fear of sending heart felt comments; none made are no more offensive or too smart; than the offensive racial bigot signs these characters are so proudly displaying by our countries elite. Looks as if they are one of “THE GOOD OLE BOYS” Two of our (Two shall show our children as if there are standing naked in public, to be our nations best and call them selves leaders; may be in question and on the minds of most); Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Lindsey Graham was holding similar signs of their I Q intelligent. Senator Graham on Tuesday 8/07/2007, Governor Romney a couple of weeks ago, so any producers and staff of national news networks had better not delete “US” and our post? If you continue to stifle free speech as you may, you shall as well merge with the “F” network!


    August 8, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. Lance, Monrovia, CA.

    You know, I was thinking about Graham's stupid comment on the way home from work today, and I realized that the more Republicans compare Obama and Osama's names, the more it actually helps the Democrats, because I can safely say that it outrages me every time I hear Osama's name and realize that these uber-genius neo cons in the Republican party have done NOTHING to catch Osama Bin Laden and that THEY KNOW WHERE HE IS!!!! And to top it off, Barrack Obama is the only one actually speaking common sense about finding Osama and taking him out.

    They are making Obama stronger everytime they make the comparison.

    Therefore, go right ahead Republican candidates, have another beer, keep on jabberin' and continue to shoot yourselves in the chest with Dick Cheney's shot gun every other day.

    Thank you and Cheers to Senator Graham and Mit Romney for doing their country such great service. Drink up boys and soon we'll be rid of you all.

    August 8, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. b, california

    Wait a minute.... that sign has a misprint. It should say.... OH I GET IT! Its because they have SIMILAR NAMES! Oh! That is SO clever. Not just any idiot could come up with something a HI-LARIOUS as that!


    August 8, 2007 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Mike, HI

    Err, why are people saying that Osama bin Laden wants us to "cut and run"? Has he said as much? I'm sure he wants us there as long as possible, as we only enflame the situation and bring more young Muslims around to his side. It's a lot easier to kill Americans when they're in Iraq and not the US.

    August 8, 2007 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
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