By Erik Wasson - 06/16/13 02:54 PM EDT
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday predicted overwhelming congressional passage of an immigration reform bill.
“I think we are going to have a political breakthrough, that Congress is going to pass immigration reform,” Graham said on NBC's Meet the Press.
“I think we are going to get plus 70 votes,” he said. “I've never been more optimistic about it.”
Graham said passing the bill is a political necessity for the GOP.
“If we don't pass immigration reform, if we don't get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn't matter who we run in 2016,” he said. “We're in a demographic death spiral as a party.
The only way we can get back in the good graces of the Hispanic community, in my view is pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
Graham said a candidate like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush could win the White House in 2016 if Republicans back immigration reform.
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