‘You Can’t Govern the Country Based on Being Angry
…In an interview with POLITICO, the South Carolina senator made clear that he plans to talk in sober detail about the need to overhaul the social safety net and reform the immigration system to allow foreign workers into the United States. He’s intending to look Republican primary voters in the eye and tell them the GOP needs to — yes — cut deals with Democrats if it wants to survive as a party.
“I’m not going to tell people things that they emotionally want to hear that I don’t think are going to happen,” Graham said in the Capitol on Tuesday.
…Graham says he will address his skeptics head-on, aggressively explaining his arguments that a president deserves to have well-qualified nominees; that both sides need to give a little to put the country on a sound fiscal path; and that a major immigration bill is the way to deal with the range of problems to fix a broken visa system and lax security at the borders. Overall, the message he plans to espouse: It’s better to have a president who is pragmatic than an ideological hard-liner.