Sen. Graham speaks to Rotary Club

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, center in yellow tie, chats with Jimmy Myers after speaking at the Summerville Rotary Club on Wednesday. From left, former Mayor Berlin Myers, Jan Freeman, Graham, Jimmy Myers, Debbie Maccario, and Martha Nye. MICHAEL QUIRK/JOURNAL SCENE

Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke to the Summerville Rotary Club on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn Express about issues facing the U.S. and South Carolina.
The majority of his visit was spent speaking about the country's involvement in Syria and what he would like to see done.
“My goal is to replace Assad with someone that we can work with,” he said. “I believe in partnership.”
Before Graham took the podium, there was a short video shown advertising the Sweet Tea Trail beginning later this month. The senator used the video as an example of what Syrians may be feeling.
“You see that video?” asked Graham. “Do you know how many Syrians want to live in a Summerville? Do you know how many want to be able to watch their child ride a scooter down the street without having to worry if they'll be killed or not?”
The speech then transitioned from Syria to weapons of mass destruction being passed around to terrorists.
“You don't think that if Iran gets nuclear technology, they won't share it with terrorists?” he asked. “Are we too tired to stand up to people who would kill us all if they could? For God sake do not let radical Islamists get weapons to kill millions of Americans.”
A vehement critic of Obamacare, Graham took questions from the audience regarding the program.
“I'll vote to defund Obamacare for the rest of my political career,” he said. “The more you know about Obamacare the more you're worried about individual health care.”
He went on to encourage other politicians who do not support the program to hash out an alternative rather than simply bashing it. Graham then addressed the growing problem of the Port of Charleston, calling it the biggest domestic issue he is facing in South Carolina.
“They can't access the port except during high tide and if ships can't enter the port but for once a day, they're going to take their business elsewhere,” he said. “If we don't deepen the Port of Charleston, y'all need to sell a lot of that sweet tea.”
Graham tempered the members of the crowd who might have grown wearier after hearing his speech about the Middle East.
“I'm not trying to scare you, I'm trying to inform you,” Graham said. “All I ask is that you pray for me, pray for our president and pray for our troops.”

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