Lindsey Graham

(Lindsey Olin Graham)

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…the Senate, a small body of egos… Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Checks and balances, in time of war, are more important than ever. War & Peace
Emotions run high in war and we put a lot of people in prison who did no more than you or I. War & Peace
He's a jackass at a time when we need to have a serious debate.... Every time I turn around somebody asks we what I think about Donald Trump and the latest person he has trashed. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am not comfortable with putting out problems without solutions. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
If a law doesn’t produce a just result, then what good is it? …. If you don’t have a just result, then the law doesn’t matter. Justice & Injustice
If we in Congress cannot in time of war regulate the behavior of our troops, then we have no power. Power
It was a transition of power, not by the ballot box…. The people who lost the election are now in power. The people who won the election are now in jail. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Quote A: I don’t think we need boots on the ground I don’t think that is an option worth consideration. Quote B: This idea that we’ll never have any boots on the ground to defeat them [ISIS] in Syria is fantasy. Military & Veterans
Ronald Reagan could not get elected as a Republican today. Liberals & Conservatives
Somebody’s got to start paying a price around here! Management & Managing Government
The Chinese people don't get to vote but they do get to grumble. Public Opinion & Polling ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
The Republican Party has become something that Ronald Reagan would not recognize. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Republicans face a demographic death spiral. Political Parties & Machines
The Senate can’t agree to cross the street. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The Vice President is not the Vice President of Torture. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The way you win this war is to adopt a value system different from your enemy. War & Peace
The key here is to be fair to the 11 million [illegal immigrants], starting with the [2 million younger illegals] ‘Dreamers'....I’ve stopped letting 30 percent of the people who are mad about immigration determine how I behave. To those who feel like you should deport [younger illegals], boy, I couldn’t disagree with you more…. To the people who object to this, I don’t want you to vote for me because I cannot serve you well. Immigration & Emigration
This disease [brain cancer] has never had a more worthy opponent. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
This is a struggle between a struggling democracy and a vicious dictatorship, and I think we should take sides. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
We [Republicans] are not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business very long. Political Parties & Machines
We [the United States] are imperfect messengers of democracy. Democracies & Republics
We have to offer [young Moslems] a hopeful life to compete with a glorious death. Terrorism
We have two borders--one with Mexico and the other with Canada, I've done a lot of looking, but I have never seen an illegal Canadian .... Canada has a sound, stable economy, and that's what you need to solve the border problem. That that's why a wall by itself will never work. Immigration & Emigration
We must hit them hard for interfering with our election, If we do not hit the Russians hard, we will be empowering them .... 2017 is going to be a year of kicking Russia in the ass in Congress. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations ;Voters, Voting & Elections ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
We’re not going to win this war through polling. Public Opinion & Polling
We’re the Republican Party in charge of every part of the this government. We have nobody to blame but ourselves. Liberals & Conservatives
Well, there are all kind of hearts. There are bleeding hearts and there are hard hearts. Liberals & Conservatives
What Republicans have to get away from is just worrying about the next election and start thinking about what is good for the country down the road. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
You can’t set aside … values in the name of political expediency. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
You’re going to be respected if you can throw a punch, but you also have to prove you can do a deal. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A healthy environment, a strong economy and energy independent America - that would be the purpose of my presidency, is break the strangle hold that people enjoy on fossil fuels who hate our guts.
According to the FBI and the director of national intelligence, Syria's becoming a perfect platform to strike our nation. I've got a very simple strategy as your president against ISIL. Whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat them.
Al Qaeda is alive and well in Libya, Iraq, Syria and the wars are not receding.
At the end of the day, Mitt Romney and Ann Romney are two fine people.
Conservatives have a different view of a lot of issues versus our friends on the other side. The election determines how that shakes out.
Detainee policy in this war is hard, it's complicated, but we must get it right. We would be better off as a nation if we could close Gitmo safely and start a new prison that he could use that the world would see as a better way to doing business. Business, Commerce & Finance ;War & Peace
I dare say there may be some men and women in the Armed Forces who are so decent that they would say: Give the Iraqi people money, we do not want to be paid back. That is the strength of our country. Women ;Money, Coins & Minting
I don't blame anybody for using the tax code to their advantage.
I don't think it's rational for a country to try to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador in a restaurant in Washington.
I think no one has ever been re-elected with unemployment over 7.6 percent.
If 'Obama-care' becomes fully implemented in 2014, it's going to bankrupt states.
If you increase taxes now on - at any level, it's going to make it harder to create jobs And we've lost 2 1/2 million jobs since the stimulus package passed. We're at 9.6 unemployment. So I don't think we tax too little, I think we spend too much.
If you make me your president, I'm going to put the country ahead of the party. I'm going to do what it takes to defend this nation. This nation has been great to me, and that's the only way I know to pay you back.
I'm the ranking Republican on the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee, so I know Tunisia well.
Iran is part of the problem, not the solution. And the Russian government is ignoring reality. Government
Iraq is falling apart.
It puts limits on criminals' rights to destroy unborn children without the permission of the woman.
It's one thing to shoot yourself in the foot. Just don't reload the gun.
It's really American to avoid paying taxes, legally.
Look how many millions of people are underemployed or have lost their jobs. The last thing I'm going to do is play politics with their future. Future ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No employer is going to hire robustly until they know what the health care cost is going to be. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
President Bush has shown great leadership. He has said that the 21st century will not be ruled or dictated by terrorists, dictators, and murderers. He is absolutely right. God bless him for his resolve. Religion & God ;Leaders & Leadership
President Obama chose politics over leadership. 'Hope' and 'Change' have become bait-and-switch. Hope ;Leaders & Leadership
Social Security must be preserved and strengthened. But we need to be candid about the costs and willing to make the tough choices that real reform will require.
Thank God for some Republican control of one branch of the government. Religion & God ;Government
The Afghan security forces will always have the help of the U.S. American military to ensure that Afghanistan never fails.
The American consumer is also the American worker, and if we don't do something to protect our manufacturing base here at home, it is going to be hard to buy any retail goods.
The courtroom is a quiet place, Judge Roberts, where you park your political ideology, and you call the balls and you call the strikes.
The healthcare bill not only is a monstrosity in terms of growing the government and cutting out the private sector, the way it was passed was sleazy. Every old Washington trick was used to pass the healthcare bill. Government
The intelligence community gets hurt through sequestration.
The legal system in Afghanistan is very immature and porous. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The politics of judges is getting to be red hot. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The president of the United States let the consulate in Libya become a death trap. Death
The sooner we get started with alternative energy sources and recognize that fossil fuels makes us less secure as a nation, and more dangerous as a planet, the better off we'll be. Environment & Environmentalism
There's a lot of things we can do to balance out what Obama's done and going forward show the American people the Republican Party can govern. I want a coalition of tea party people, independents, moderate Democrats trying to find a way to move this country forward before we become Greece.
This idea of holding the Defense Department hostage to the tax debate makes me sick to my stomach. Knock it off.
Today, I'm 60, I'm not married, I don't have any kids. I would give up some Social Security to save a system that Americans are going to depend on now and in the future. Future
We cannot win this war on terror if people are undercutting us. And one way to undercut us is to empower Iran. War & Peace
We don't have a lot of Reagan-type leaders in our party. Remember Ronald Reagan Democrats? I want a Republican that can attract Democrats.
We have gutted our ability to detect the next attack. And I would not stand for that as president of the United States.
We need a president who can solve our problems, bring us together. We're becoming Greece if we don't work together. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We need somebody ready to be commander-in-chief on day one, who understands there are no moderates in Iran; they've been killed a long time ago. Time
We will never win this war until we understand the effect that Guantanamo Bay has had on the overall war effort. And we'll never get the support of the American people if we can't prove to them that these folks that we're dealing with are not common criminals. We're going to keep them - keep you safe from them. War & Peace
Well, thank God for a media that will ask questions. Religion & God
Well, the big elephant in the whole system is the baby boomer generation that marches through like a herd of elephants. And we begin to retire in 2008.
We're failing when it comes to controlling spending.
We're going to lose Social Security and Medicare if Republicans and Democrats do not come together and find a solution like Ronald Reagan and Tip O'Neill. I will be the Ronald Reagan if I can find a Tip O'Neill.
We've got fifty people at Gitmo that are too dangerous to be let go that will never go through a normal criminal trial. Let's create a new legal system, so they'll have their day in court. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
What's going on in the Senate is kind of a politics of escalation. We're getting sort of like the Mideast: pay back everybody when you're in charge. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
When it comes to fossil fuels, we're going to find more here and use less. Over time, we're going to become energy independent. I am tired of sending $300 billion overseas to buy oil from people who hate our guts. The choice between a weak economy and a strong environment is a false choice, that is not the choice I'll offer America. Time
Why did we go to war? Why did we pick people from South Carolina, California, and all the places in between to go to a foreign land and risk their lives and have some die? To make sure that Saddam Hussein could do no more damage to the region or us than he has already done. War & Peace
You know, the commander-in-chief's first responsibility is look out for those in uniform who fight the wars.
You want to see a war on women? Come with me to Iraq and Afghanistan, folks. I've been there 35 times. I will show you what they do to women. Women ;War & Peace