A Republican tries a little nuance

Senator Lindsey Graham addresses SPAWAR employees at SPAWAR Headquarters during a visit to Joint Base Charleston for briefings on space and naval warfare systems in Charleston, S.C., June 18, 2012. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)
Senator Lindsey Graham addresses SPAWAR employees at SPAWAR Headquarters during a visit to Joint Base Charleston for briefings on space and naval warfare systems in Charleston, S.C., June 18, 2012. (DoD Photo By Glenn Fawcett) (Released)

Huh. Would you look at that. Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham has used a little nuance on a right wing voter. That’s NOT going to go over well (not that Graham has a shot of winning the GOP primary anyway.)

I disagree with Graham that increasing military presence anywhere is going to stop terrorism. Terrorism won’t be defeated by a show of military force. All that would accomplish is to grow more terrorists. But I highly respect Graham not using the position to enlarge upon the insanity of Islamophobes, and this, coupled with his surprisingly touching words about Vice President Joe Biden, increases my respect for him. Oh, I still disagree with his positions and politics, but I respect him more.

Conservative Sen. Lindsey Graham has made it clear he’s extremely concerned about the threat of Islamic terrorism, but he isn’t willing to outlaw a whole religion over it.

When a voter in Iowa suggested barring Islam in the U.S. in response to ISIS, Graham quickly shut him down, the Des Moines Register reports.

“You know what, I’m not your candidate,” Graham said, cutting him off. “I don’t want you to vote for me. I couldn’t disagree with you more.”

As he’s said before, Graham told his audience Sioux City on Thursday night that he would deal with ISIS by increasing the United States’ military presence in Iraq. Explaining his terse response to the voter’s suggestion to outlaw Islam, Graham told people, “I’m not trying to please him.”

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