Graham: GOP can beat Obama
February 7th, 2011
05:02 PM ET
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Graham: GOP can beat Obama

Washington (CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham predicted President Barack Obama is beatable in the 2012 presidential election, but only if the Republican nominee wins over independent voters.

"Conservatism sells, it's a center right nation but the nominee for the party is going to have to win the independent voter at the end of the day," Graham said Monday in an interview set to air at 7 p.m. ET on CNN's "John King, USA."

Graham said Republicans have a chance to take back the White House because Democrats "sort of blew it."

"We got a chance now to reengage with the American people," Graham told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King. "The health care debate I think will define 2012."

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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. The unsub

    The Packers were "beatable" but they won! Everything is beatable except death and taxes! .....well.......taxes?.......

    February 7, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  2. Matt

    Conservatism: No to minority rights, no to science, no to technology, no to progress, no to civil rights.... it sells huh? I need to move.

    February 7, 2011 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  3. Voice of Reason

    Who's going to beat him Lindsey? YOU? You couldnt successfully beat an egg, much less Obama. What the GOP so far fails to realize is that only a very small slice of America is deluded by the O'Reilly/Beck/Palin/Limbaugh/Bachman crowd. The rest of us (those who use our brains) realize that the policies of the past have not, and will not work. Allow me to illustrate: The 1928 Ford Model-T got better gas mileage than your average sports car today. Do you see a lot of T's rolling around these days? NO. Modern cars have so much more to offer. So you can have your old Model-T health care. you say it saves money, and maybe it does – but it leaves millions out in the cold without coverage. And i'm not just talking about por, unemployed people. I'm talking about people who make good money and have good jobs – and happen to have a pre-existing condition. Enjoy the ride in your antique policies.

    February 7, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  4. GL

    "The health care debate I think will define 2012."

    Will be on news by 2012 and Republicans would need more the the Health care fight.

    February 7, 2011 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. Gaylon Barrow

    Dang sure can tell what you are. Another Obama a faked person who thinks he's educated.

    February 7, 2011 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  6. Patrick Lewis

    Yes, you can beat Obama, but not if you are honest about the issues and debate in good faith. You can make him look terrible by saying NO all the time, abdicating your responsibility to actually lead in a positive direction because it's not 100% your way. Yes, if you stall governance in the midst of the worst time our country has faced since the 70's, if you do that, you can weaken our country and our president to the point where he is beatable. BUT you have betrayed your country when it most requires leadership. That makes you a traitor.

    February 7, 2011 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  7. normajean

    I would almost be willing to give up my Social Security {although,it's all I have} and my medical, if the Republican leaders had to give up theirs including their yearly salary increases and their pensions. These people have forgotten how to make a go of it like any average ,middle classed family does. They have so much that cannot be taken away from them, they have lost any sense of honor, integrity or common decency.. We cannot go on this way..These people have not created one piece of legislation and followed through with it in the last two and a half years . They have done NOTHING but destruct!!!!!

    February 7, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  8. rusty155

    Use to be a republican now a Independent ,you don't stand a chance with Saran Palin orwith some of the other I heard may run. You may with Mitch Daniels. Saran Palin Is turning to many Republican too Independent. No one want too heard all the hate she spread and the racist and lies.And than you have the Tea Party ran by two Koch brother and the Republican party Is scare of.

    February 7, 2011 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. DAVE

    really! you think you can winn? your budget cutting you promised amounts to less than $50 billion dollars in 2011. just a little off the mark i would say. you are going into febuary and you haven't done anything important yet. if fact the house has cut their work week down to about two and a half days a week. president obama has cut spending by tens of billions of dollars by ending two wars the GOP wanted but could not find an end for. when i listen to the GOP i want to say' WERE'S THE BEEF'. you better find some beef before the next election oor you will no only not winn but it will be the end of your party!

    February 7, 2011 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Clwyd

    The republicans just keep moving further to the right and there are only a few of them over there (27%) when last polled. They are moving away from the ideas and ideals of the independent voter! You aren't going to win anything if they keep it up!

    February 7, 2011 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  11. Tee-Off!!!

    "Wussy Pants" Graham should worry about his own chances of re-election. The Tea party ain't have it!

    February 7, 2011 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  12. Donnatella

    As a true to life independent I can truly say as long as they have front runners like Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann and nobody from the right calls them out on their stupidity and division, they will lose every independent voter out there. I'm already done, I don't care who they run I'm not voting for them. I 'm not totally happy with president Obama but he will get my vote in 2012 the GOP is offering no alternative, I will never vote for some far right wing nut.

    February 7, 2011 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  13. Sgt Joe

    In your dreams; not mine.

    February 7, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  14. w l jones

    The way it look now there so many Republican for the office they might have trouble finding own own name on ballot.

    February 7, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  15. Marty, FL

    Correction: America is a centrist nation overall, not left or right. And the current lists of GOP candidates are unfortunately going too far right to be considered anywhere close to center right anyway for many independents.

    Fortunately, our country already has a centrist president who understands the importance of working together with both sides for all Americans, including health care that almost mirrors the GOP plan from 1993 and Romneycare.

    February 7, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  16. ThinkAgain

    Independent voters are important; I know, because I'm married to one. And their criteria for whom they vote is the person has to be smart and willing to go to the mat for the American people.

    President Obama is smart; personally, I think he needs to get more assertive and stop caving to the corporate and monied interests. I know it was a political reality to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years; what will make or break it with the Independents is whether President Obama will follow through on letting them expire and in the meantime, pruning the budget.

    And that includes DEFENSE SPENDING and standing up to all the false rhetoric from Fox and the right.

    February 7, 2011 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    The only thing the GOP has offered our country is fear, lies, division, hatred and TRIED AND FAILED POLICIES! Oh, and they're great at obstructing everything President Obama tries to do to help our country.

    In a nutshell, the GOP cares more about their party. Not the rank and file, mind you; they laugh at all the suckers who fall for the ol' "anti-gay rights", "anti-abortion" and "pro-gun" lip-service. The GOP cares most about the Koch Bros. and the 1% of our population who control $17 TRILLION of our wealth.

    The GOP is bent on making our country a third-world nation, plain and simple. Yes, manufacturing has been outsourced and shipped overseas. Yes, a lot of people are high and dry because they didn't see it coming.

    But God forbid, the GOP should try to do something to make things better. They'd rather put a boot on our necks and just finish off the Middle Class. Why should they care? They've got theirs and to heck with the rest of us!

    February 7, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  18. once upon a horse

    this touring field of 2012 the GOP is putting out here right now doesn't look impressive to me at all. The president's approval ratings are going up for the moment and the GOP keeps shooting itself in the foot focusing on repealing Healthcare moreso than trying to create the jobs they claim that bill is going to cost. The GOP so far has proven that they can talk a talk using fear and misinformation to get an uneducated public to wisk them into office but fails to know how to govern. Obama has been FAR from perfect but so far not as bad as anything Sen Graham's group has come up with.

    February 7, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    Then graham cracker comes out against the President and anything he said about the imbecilic AK moron is a moot point. Yes, nothing will sell better than trying to repleal the healthcare reform. After all, all those poor and middle class Americans who are already taking advantage of it will be so thankful to the party of NO and their rich friends and corporations that they will vote in droves for the same party who handed some of them a death sentence.

    February 7, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  20. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    all these so called ANGRY voters that said Obama and the Democrats were ruining America and the economy and the GOP would do better just didn't have enough sense to read between the lines. That's what happens when you fall for fear and misinformation tactics. The GOP has said that theimain goal was to make Obama a one term president, so you really think that them helping to create jobs and improve the economic outlook is going to do that? To quote the new Speaker of the house "HELL NO THEY CAN'T"!! The very LAST thing the GOP wants is for the country the next 2 years to start getting better under Obama. And of course they are't going to come out and say that, but think about it what does the GOP gain is the country is going well? I don't expect the GOP to try to create any jobs, and they'll keep just picking at the POTUS to keep your mind off of what they are NOT doing to help things get better. It works for those of you who fall for it. I never did and never will.

    February 7, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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