Graham says Harris will 'be a force to be reckoned with'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhy Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets GOP put on the back foot by Trump's race storm MORE (R-S.C.) said Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris slams DOJ decision not to charge police in Eric Garner's death Harris vows to 'put people over profit' in prescription drug plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet MORE will be "a force to be reckoned with" following her performance in the first Democratic debate this week. 

"She's got game. She is very talented. She's very smart, and she'll be a force to be reckoned with," Graham said according to a video posted online Saturday by CBS's Face the Nation. 

Graham also said that former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden jokes he's ready for a push-up competition with Trump Biden says his presidency is not 'a third term of Obama' Biden knocks Trump on tweets about 'smart as hell' Ocasio-Cortez MORE, who Harris criticized for his comments about working with segregationist senators, should "up his game." 

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"The narrative is that maybe it's not his time and that he's not up to the task," he said, but added, "I think you'll underestimate Joe Biden at your own peril." 

"I think the next debate he's got to change the narrative," Graham said. 

Graham also criticized the policies presented by leading candidates during the debate, which he characterized as "pretty liberal, pretty extreme."

Harris on Thursday night criticized Biden, the current frontrunner, for saying that there was "civility" when he worked with segregationist Sens. James Eastland (D-Miss.) and Herman Talmadge (D-Ga.) in the 1970s. She also accused him of opposing busing black students into predominately white schools. 

"But I also believe, and it’s personal and I was actually very — it was hurtful to hear you talk about the reputations of two United States senators who built their reputations and career on the segregation of race in this country," she said Thursday night. 

Biden responded that Harris “mischaracterized my position across the board.” 

Biden and Harris are among the more than two dozen people vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.