Graham: Republicans can beat Obama
February 13th, 2011
10:47 AM ET
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Graham: Republicans can beat Obama

Washington (CNN) - Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Obama is "beatable" in 2012, but that he doesn't see a viable Republican candidate in the field.

"I'm looking for the most conservative person who's electable and that person is yet to emerge," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

When asked about the results of the Saturday's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) straw poll, Graham didn't throw his support behind any of the top vote-getters. Republican Texas Rep. Ron Paul won with 30 percent of the vote and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was the runner-up with 23 percent.

"Mitt Romney is probably the frontrunner among traditional candidates," Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "Ron Paul is well organized, have a lot of energy behind his ideas, but whether or not he could win a general election I think is a big 'if.'"

This year, the annual gathering of conservatives served as the first cattle-call of potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates.

Graham said Republicans have a "tall task" in the next election to win over the American electorate.

"They're very much looking at the Republican Party anew. We're getting a second chance with the American electorate," he said. "I think President Obama is beatable, but we got to nominate someone that can win over independent voters."

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. lloyd T

    I am sick hearing about cutting entitlement programs! we paid money to the gov for these programs ,to put in a savings till we got old or came out of the service.which serving your country means a whole lot of money to congressional members. You want cuts! cut welfare, quit paying people the more kids they have .Shut down, fannie mae ,freddie mac, cut WH pay WAKE UP AMERICA

    February 13, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I would like to recommend our one term criminal governor (Scott) for GOP candidate for president. He exhibits those principles that conservatives hold dear, no media interviews, cutting education, cutting police, cutting firemen, cutting teachers, cutting environmental standards, giving huge tax breaks to corporations at the expense of the middle and lower classes, cutting medicare and medicaid, eliminating jobs, and flying around in his private jet to who knows where. Take him please, for Florida's sake.

    February 13, 2011 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
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