Senator Lindsey Graham’s town hall meeting in Charleston today featured a special guest, his longtime friend Senator John McCain. Today in Charleston, they both appeared on Fox news. He says he supports health care reform.”I’d like to cover everyone, but the government option has spoiled the whole debate. We’re not bickering, we’re having a serious discussion. I know bipartisanship, Senator McCain knows bipartisanship. I haven’t seen much of it,” says Graham.Graham has become increasingly outspoken against the public option, since the president’s speech to Congress last week.
He says,”I thought the president’s speech was frankly beneath his office, very combative. I’d like to reform health care, but there’s certain things I can’t do and I wish the president would meet us in the middle.”
Sunday, about 400 people showed up to Graham’s town hall meeting in Columbia. Graham covered the same topics, speaking to constituents by himself, at times using his folksy style of rhetoric, at one point calling the Obama plan “phoney baloney.”
Senators Graham and McCain held a session at 9 a.m. Monday at the Citadel’s McAllister Field House to hear from the public and cadets. Graham stood by McCain’s side during the 2008 presidential election when McCain was the Republican candidate against President Barack Obama. McCain was at The Citadel in January of 2008 after he won South Carolina’s first-in-the-south primary.