Republican presidential candidate South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said that Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon, and I don’t think he ever came back” at Wednesday’s Republican part one presidential debate on CNBC.
Graham stated, “At the end of the day, folks, I am trying to solve the problem and win an election. I am tired of losing. Good God, look who we’re running against. The number one candidate on the other side thought she was flat broke after her and her husband were in the White House for eight years. The number two guy went to the Soviet Union on his honeymoon, and I don’t think he ever came back. If we don’t beat these people, who the hell are we going to beat?”
The line came in response to a question about Graham’s positions on climate change, taxes, and immigration. Graham stated, “I think I’m trying to solve problems that somebody better solve. Now, you don’t have to believe that climate change is real. I have been to the Antarctic. I’ve been to Alaska. I’m not a scientist, and I’ve got the grades to prove it, but I’ve talked to the climatologists of the world, and 90% of them are telling me that greenhouse gas effect is real, that we’re heating up the planet. I just want a solution that would be good for the economy, that doesn’t destroy it. I want to fix an immigration system. I’m not going to tell you if you like your doctor, you can keep it — keep him, if you like your healthcare you can keep it. I’m tired of telling people things that they want to hear, that we know we’re not going to do. We’re not going to eliminate the corporate tax, but we can make it lower. We’re going to fix immigration only if we work together. I want to secure the border, because if we don’t, we’re going to get hurt and hit again. I want to fix a broken visa system. I want to increase legal immigration, because we’re going to have a shortage of workers over time. As to the 11 million, I want to talk about fixing the problem. We’re not going to deport 11 million people and their legal citizen children, but we will deport felons, and those who stay will have to learn our language to stay. Because I don’t speak it well, but look how far I’ve come.”
Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett