Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.) is not pleased with language Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) used that compared House Democrats' efforts to pass healthcare reform legislation to a Japanese kamikaze mission.
Graham said Monday on a South Carolina radio program "Nancy Pelosi, I think, has got them all liquored up on sake and you know, they're making a suicide run here."
Honda, a Japanese-American who spent 14 months as a child in a World War II internment camp, issued a statement Tuesday, saying he was "disheartened" at Graham's language.
“I am disheartened that Senator Graham chose to use racially tinged rhetoric to express his opposition to health care reform," he said in a statement. "There is a way to engage in healthy debate without alienating Asian Americans, who are an important part of this democracy and healthcare reform."