Graham: Not ready to back the deal
July 31st, 2011
12:56 PM ET
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Graham: Not ready to back the deal

Washington (CNN) - Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday he is not ready to vote for the debt ceiling compromise, but that the Republican Party can declare "limited" victory in the negotiations.

The South Carolina senator said he supports the decision to pay for future debt increases dollar for dollar, but that the agreement fails to address entitlement changes or reduce the size and scope of government.

"I think what we've been able to achieve is historic in terms of the debt ceiling debate, but we're not - we're no longer running toward oblivion. We're walking toward it," Graham said on ABC's "This Week." "And now we need to stop and turn around, go back the other way."

Graham said he is unsure of how to sell the deal to those who voted in 2010 based on candidates' promises to change the "size and scope of Washington."

"What do I tell people at home who say, what did you do about getting us out of debt?" Graham said. "I slowed down how much debt you add? Instead of adding $10 trillion, we're going to add $7 trillion?"

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. C. Howe Yulikit

    I'm so glad that we can now end this insufferable conversation about the manufactured crisis on the debt ceiling and get on to that robust discussion on getting America back to work. *cough*

    July 31, 2011 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Reggie from LA

    I certainly hope that EVIL ENTITLEMENT does put a bee in their bonnets. One of the reasons EVIL ENTITLEMENT is much larger is due to the rise in robber baronry of the previous administration. Ooops. Not suppose to revisit the past unless its back to Reagan (Hey, he raised taxes, unchallenged). Hey Jerks, people need help. In order for so few to be rich, many have to be poor. DO YOU UNDERSTAND the math in that equation? While everyone touts America as being a level playing field for ALL who are will to make their lives what they want them to be, YOU ARE WRONG!!! There are people who need our help. For those of you who think that lack of access to basic needs is the fault of the lazy, you are very backward thinking and probably megaphones for the rich. Hmm, sounds like Troll Party.

    July 31, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    “Victory in the negotiations”

    Remind me middle- east peace talk

    July 31, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. bobby frank

    He was there when Bush was running up the bill and we never heard from him then except when he was raising the the debt ceiling. These guys are the ones that said extend the Bush tax cuts and the economy with thrive. It just didn't happen and now we need that revenue to pay Bush's bills. Don't try to ride this on the backs of Middle Class Americans without the sacrifice of the wealthy!

    July 31, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. To tell the truth

    talking point memo from a right wing moroon.. he isn't ready to support a plan when the country is about to default in 24 hours.. extremist to the core.

    July 31, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. njb

    Mr. Graham,
    What you tell the people back home is that there are 2 1/2 parties which have differing opinions about how to manage the deficit. So, not all agree with what you want. That means to get anything done we have to ... gasp... 'compromise'. I know some of you think compromise is an ugly word, but that is how the government should work.

    July 31, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  7. T'sah from Virginia

    [Graham: Not ready to back the deal]
    His greatest FEAR is becoming his home base meal!
    But ["I slowed down how much debt you add? "]
    And my constituents would still say, "your ASH is had!"
    But ["Instead of adding $10 trillion, we're going to add $7 trillion?"]
    But COMPROMISED is the KILLING and on any deal you should have been unwilling!!

    This is not over yet!!

    July 31, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  8. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Republican Party can declare "limited" victory in the negotiations"

    That statement sums up the GOP very well, it is all about "winning" for the party, the GOP does not give a rip about middle class Americans.

    Only those "people" that are rich or corporations.

    July 31, 2011 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. Randy, San Francisco

    The Tea Party hobbits won a hollow victory. The American people lost because real entitlement and tax reforms were abandoned. The GOP lost because it is now a party divided with a Speaker of the House who is held hostage by a minority of fiscal extremists. The Democrats lost because it agreed to cuts that will hurt many of the less fortunate.

    July 31, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. un hopeful

    limited victory? you think you can claim any victory on a manufactured crisis you caused? you are beyond nuts sir!

    July 31, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. un hopeful

    Any victory claimed will not be by the repubs or tp as they have done nothing but cause a lot of wasted time effort and stress to the people they are sent to serve...sad sad times for america!

    July 31, 2011 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Ray

    He wants (limited) victory for the Republican Party. Excuse me, but we want victory for America–not for any political party.

    July 31, 2011 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. GI Joe

    Maybe a start would be to cut the number of senators and representatives in half - and make them pay for their own health care and pay into social security and give up their lucrative retirements that taxpayers are hit with. Maybe THAT would stop all the stuff going on. I think a Cut the Crap Act should be passed immediately.

    July 31, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  14. Skokie

    Tell your people at home that congress/senate are thinking about their political career so they doesn't have time to fix the deficit problem. Tell the truth it will set you free.

    July 31, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  15. John in Brooklyn

    No surprise. Senators from South Carolina have voted against child labor laws, eliminating poll taxes, the right for workers to unionize, the end of employment discrimination against minorities, the establishment of Social Security for our seniors, Medicare for our seniors, environmental protection, and employment rights for disabled people. Do we actually expect a senator from the state of South Carolina to actually do the right thing? I, for one, am not holding my breath.

    July 31, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Ummm, if you wanted to show voters how to cut debt instead of adding it, then consider closing corporate tax loopholes and ending the tax cuts for the ultrarich. While those voter who are members of the corrupt corporatism cult wouldn't like it, the vast majority of sane and patriotic Americans would welcome that sort of level-headed fiscal sanity. So what about it, Lindsey, to you care about the greedy and not the needy?

    July 31, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |