Graham: Clinton would crush Trump, Cruz

Graham: Clinton would crush Trump, Cruz

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit 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 Diane Rodham ClintonRoger Stone shares, quickly deletes Instagram photo of federal judge on his case Barack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Why the national emergency? A second term may be Trump’s only shield from an indictment 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzEl Chapo's lawyer fires back at Cruz: 'Ludicrous' to suggest drug lord will pay for wall Democrats have a chance of beating Trump with Julian Castro on the 2020 ticket Poll shows competitive matchup if O’Rourke ran for Senate again MORE and Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration 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."