February 25th, 2013
07:42 PM ET
10 years ago

Video: Sen. Graham on spending cuts and immigration

(CNN) - Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, said Monday that the forced spending cuts would take effect Friday since a big deal between the White House and Congressional Republicans on slashing the federal deficit now seems impossible.

"I think the only way out is a big deal," Graham said on CNN's "The Situation Room." "Republicans are not going to raise revenue to pay for sequestration. And I don’t really believe that we can do anything in the short term."

Later, he predicted that "Sequestration is going to happen. Hopefully the pressure from sequestration will wake us up to the big deal. We don’t need new taxes to run the government, we need new taxes to get out of debt."

Graham also discussed his meeting Tuesday with President Barack Obama on immigration. Sen. John McCain, another Republican, will also attend.

"Now is the time to grow up," Graham said of the hot-button topic. "Both parties need to grow up."

Filed under: Budget • Immigration • Lindsey Graham
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Ancient Texan

    There is ample time after Friday to take the cuts one at a time and either allow them to take place, or to provide a fix. But then, didn't the president threaten to veto any attempt to get around the sequester?

    February 25, 2013 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  2. Ken

    Lindsey is a perfect example of why the GOP keeps losing the popular vote every 4 years.

    February 25, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  3. cbr

    Good lord Sen. Graham is on television again. He has not done anything to improve the conversations surrounding the financial crisis or Cabinet appointments. May we please see someone else in the spotlight. Sen. Graham seems to be the only one willing to go before the cameras constantly. However, he is an angry man who does not seem to have a clue about working with others to make the government move ahead. He just keeps on ranting and that is not what we need now.

    February 25, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  4. Wayne Tucker

    Please stop given the man a pulpit.

    February 25, 2013 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  5. john doe

    The problem, with the economy, is something no one will mention. There are too mean people living in this country, making millions of dollar, and don,t pay taxes, not contibuting to the union, and sending their funds back to where ever they come from. And it has killed or economy and the amarican way of life.

    February 25, 2013 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. Name lynn

    Graham needs to go home an spend time with his family, an think about what hes saying the budget cuts need to leave the poor alone. An also leave the immigration alone let them live their lives. an youj do whats right if you can ugly.

    February 25, 2013 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  7. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Starting with the gop ,the public backs the president . The gop lost the last two presidential elections for a reason .the American people reject the gop agenda and their lies !!!!!

    February 25, 2013 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  8. norma jean

    It has been said before and will be said many times......." The Republicans lost the last two presidential elections and are working VERY hard to lose a third one.......it;s as inevitable as day follows night!!!!! They don't work for the good of the country and it's people.....rather they work for the Repub party only.....This to their uliimate downfall and it will come a lot harder next time......number three!!

    February 25, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  9. ED FL

    America knows who the President is,and it is not you Graham or your only friend in DC a guy named Mccain.America just wishes you two would hold hands and tiptoe through the Tulips.and get lost.Never has this country had any two obnoxious Poliicians that say so much and accomplish so little.Teach John how to spell bingo so he can return to Arizona and play the game at an old folks home on Saturday afternoons.He shouldn't be out after dark!

    February 25, 2013 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that Grahm would ever agree with a big deal that he spoke about.

    February 25, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. g

    throw in a war and republicans will sign any thing

    February 25, 2013 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  12. Ed1

    Nobody to blame but Obama he had a chance to veto and didn't. This was agreed by both parties and Obama and that's a fact jack.

    February 25, 2013 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  13. Rogue351

    NO the GOP / Tea Party Taliban need to stop working against EVERY SINGLE THING the elected president asks congress to do. The GOP need to ditch the Tea Party Taliban and religious racist fanatics and come back to the center where things have worked in the past. They need to do this or realize that the GOP / Tea Party Taliban will never will another election. These debates, hate radio shows, etc. are dividing America along lines that ill benefit know one. If you think it will think again, we are already seeing families break up over politics, Republican only business, Democratic only business. How long before it escalates and the GOP / Tea Party Taliban are scratching their heads saying what happened ? WAKE UP fanatics are not the way to a solution.

    February 25, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  14. David

    I want to know the mega corp the Repubs promised could gamble and take a profit off the social security fund, why else would they keep trying to get this privatized? Creating another to big to fail is a horrible mistake.

    February 25, 2013 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. Larry L

    Republicans are willing to allow our military to suffer, people to lose their jobs and their homes, and return America to a deep recession – just to keep the rich folks from paying a fair level of taxes. We prospered when tax rates were higher for the wealthy and we went down the toilet when their rates got too low. Still, life-long political weasels like John Cornyn care only for the rich and will throw the middle-class under the bus to protect his corporate cronies.

    February 26, 2013 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  16. Thomas

    He could start with the F 35 fighter jet !

    February 26, 2013 02:04 am at 2:04 am |
  17. king

    these repubs really need to wake up. they keep vacuuming out mainstreet money giving it to the rich to build china and India more powerful than us, while taking money from the spenders who drive our economy. lesson repubs, we are not living in n industrial revolution anymore, with assembly lines, so that trickle down crap doesn't work anymore. so. stop destroying our spenders on mainstreet who pushes small businesses.

    February 26, 2013 03:09 am at 3:09 am |
  18. Todd C. Bobo

    Why hasn't anyone asked, why doesn't anyone ask Sen. Graham if he is gay and why he has never married? I think it would answer a lot of questions and point up his hypocrisy. A fascinating question you must admit!

    February 26, 2013 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  19. waheid

    Lindsey Graham is part of the problem – a large part. He is leading the Republican Party over the cliff and he is too dense to acknowledge the obvious. If he insists on criticizing other Republicans, he should take a good, long look in the mirror. Some of his recent statements and positions (such as Benghazi, the Hegel nomination, sequestration, etc.) have been wrong for the party and,more importantly, wrong for the country. The best thing he could do is to be very quiet for a while or, better yet, fade away.

    February 26, 2013 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  20. Marie MD

    Is it me or has "her" accent gotten heavier as time passes and "she" sees "her" dignity going down the tube along with mcnasty and the little woma from the NE?

    February 26, 2013 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  21. Dan

    How did Linda Graham manage to talk with out McCain standing there telling him what to say, Linda almost sounded reasonable in this artical and managed the whole interview with out saying anything about the consulate attack in Libia.

    February 26, 2013 06:48 am at 6:48 am |