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Graham kicks off his 2014 primary campaign in Aiken, SC

Lindsey Graham discusses the upcoming election at Rye Patch in Aiken, SC
Lindsey Graham discusses the upcoming election at Rye Patch in Aiken, SC
Stephen V. Geddes

Presented here as an offering on South Carolina's "political environment." Last Friday evening, about 200 people were at the City of Aiken’s “Rye Patch” to hear Lindsey Graham discuss the upcoming South Carolina Republican primary which is to be held on June 10. Along with Senator Graham’s comments, the group was treated to a barbecue dinner by “Team Graham,” the Senator’s campaign team.

The meeting began in earnest around 6:30 p.m. ET. when “Skipper” Perry, a long time Republican fixture in the Aiken area, assumed the role of MC introducing (primarily) an area minister to make things right for eating, and (secondly) a number of attending political leaders, and (finally) the person who was there to introduce the Senator, that person being his sister—who promptly introduced her daughter to assist her in the task. Following the introductions, Senator Graham discussed the upcoming primary and his hopes for its result and the subsequent result of the election in November.

Senator Graham’s comments, delivered without need of notes or teleprompter, discussed the Senator’s background and performance beginning with a reminder of who he is and his somewhat humble beginnings in Central, South Carolina. Moving on to present day, he discussed his reasons for initially opposing Obamacare, and for continuing that opposition. He talked about his support for the troops, and his continuing insistence for explanations for the Benghazi debacle. He discussed his work to support South Carolina jobs to include jobs at the Savannah River Site and jobs at Boeing.

Senator Graham also discussed his work to cut the federal budget and his second amendment support for the individual’s right to bear arms. In conclusion, he reminded the group of his ongoing pro-life work and his reputation for being a “conservative leader who gets things done.”

The meeting ended shortly after the Senator finished his comments, and almost everyone had a little something to take with them. Lawn signs and bumper stickers were mementos of choice. Individuals wishing to assist with the campaign were encouraged to get involved at