Graham: GOP Obama attacks are 'off base'
March 25th, 2012
10:19 AM ET
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Graham: GOP Obama attacks are 'off base'

Washington (CNN) – Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham criticized two Republican presidential candidates for playing politics off President Barack Obama's comments on the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

"I think the criticism by our guys is a little off base," Graham said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."

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GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum accused the president of politicizing the incident in remarks at the White House Friday, while rival Newt Gingrich characterized Obama's comments as "nonsense."

Obama commiserated with the Martins, whose 17-year-old son was shot in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, and said: "If I had a son, he would look like Trayvon."

Graham, a South Carolina legislator, said the president did not help the situation by injecting his own voice into the conversation following the shooting.

"We all know there's a racial component to this and when the president highlights it, I don't think it adds a whole lot," Graham told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley. "I don't really think the president added a whole lot by injecting himself into it."

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  1. c'mon america

    Senator Grahams comments suprised me , and i'm thankfull for that suprise. Poll after poll shows that 90% of Americans want the same things . It is but a small percentage of people that want us to believe we are so different . Hopefully the senators remarks will go a long way to demonstrate how close we really are as a people in our thoughts and feelings . A son is a son , a daughter is a daughter , a parent is a parent , and we are ALL Americans .

    March 25, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  2. george of the jungle

    when aren't the repos off base.??? The candidates didn't say anything until the president was asked about the Martin child. And as usual their comments were meant to discredit the president and not address the issue they where asked about. Graham only tried to smooth over blunders made by his own party. He to made remarks about the president highlighting a racial presense. The president spoke from the heart and from a place he understands. Get over it repos.

    March 25, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  3. Malory Archer

    Oh Dear. Hope he didn't just hamstring himself with that comment. It's just a matter of time before he's on the drug addict's radio show apologizing for his remarks.

    March 25, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
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