June 28th, 2009
12:50 PM ET
13 years ago

Graham: 'I don't think Democrats are for dysfunctional families'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/28/art.sanford0628.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday that South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, pictured, was lucky to have his wife, Jenny Sanford."]
(CNN) - After recent confessions of adultery by two Republican politicians, Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday decided against casting the first - or any - stones regarding ethics.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press," Graham, R-South Carolina, went out of his way to avoid any disparaging comments about rival Democrats in terms of family values. When former Massachusetts governor and fellow Republican Mitt Romney spoke of strong families as a core Republican value, Graham quickly interjected on behalf of rival Democrats.

"I don't think Democrats are for dysfunctional families," Graham said, adding that President Barack Obama has been "one of the better role models in the entire country" as a good family man and a good father.

"President Obama has done a lot of good in the way he carries himself and conducts himself" regarding family, Graham said.

His comment followed questions about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who admitted last week that his disappearance for five days was due to visiting his mistress in Argentina. Earlier this month, Sen. John Ensign of Nevada also admitted to an affair.

Graham said he was godfather to one of Sanford's four sons and that Sanford's top priority must be to reconcile with his wife, Jenny, and keep his family together. If Sanford does that, Graham said, then he believes the governor can serve the rest of his term, which expires in January 2011.

"Mark Sanford's lucky to have Jenny Sanford," Graham said. "I hope he realizes that. I think he does."

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  1. Derrick

    haha- " The are just for gay marriage"

    You can't say that all democrats are for gay marriage. President Obama isn't for gay marriage.

    June 28, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  2. Alex

    Not that there's anything wrong with it, but as a closet homosexual and a Republican from South Carolina, Lindsay Graham really isn't in a great position to talk about "family values".

    June 28, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
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