Graham: Clinton would crush Trump, Cruz

Graham: Clinton would crush Trump, Cruz

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamJuan Williams: Trump morphs into Nixon This week: Congress awaits Comey testimony GOP senator wouldn’t be ‘surprised’ if Comey forced to cancel testimony MORE (R-S.C.) is warning that the GOP’s two leading presidential candidates do not stand a chance against Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonHouse Democrats expand 2018 targets The Hill's 12:30 Report Podesta: Trump 'unfit' for office MORE this fall.

"I hope we can give some momentum to someone other than Sen. Cruz and Mr. Trump. Fine folks, but I think Hillary Clinton would clean their clock," Graham told South Carolina news station WLTX Fox19 on Friday.

Graham, who recently dropped his own presidential bid, has been a vocal critic of GOP presidential rivals Ted CruzTed CruzGOP talks of narrowing ‘blue-slip’ rule for judges Abortion poses hurdle for Senate healthcare bill Senator's photo spurs caption contest MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpMSNBC wins cable news weekly war for first time ever Saudi king: Trump visit a ‘turning point’ Tomi Lahren accepts role with pro-Trump advocacy group MORE, who are in a neck-and-neck race in next month’s Iowa caucuses.

Graham has been particularly tough on Trump, who he recently said is “is destroying the Republican Party's chance at winning an election,” while also making clear that he does not consider Cruz a politically viable alternative.

"Ted's smart, but I think that Hillary Clinton would do a number on him," Graham said in another interview on Friday, with Fox News radio host Brian Kilmeade.

Graham had praise for nearly every other GOP candidate, from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. He had particularly strong praise for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

"I like Jeb a lot," he said. "Don't write Jeb Bush off."