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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP divided over impeachment trial strategy GOP eager for report on alleged FBI surveillance abuse Johnson opens door to subpoenaing whistleblower, Schiff, Bidens MORE (R-S.C.) said Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisNew poll catapults Buttigieg to frontrunner position in Iowa Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide Harris gets key union endorsement amid polling plateau 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 BidenBudget official says he didn't know why military aid was delayed: report Growing 2020 field underscores Democratic divide READ: Foreign service officer Jennifer Williams' closed-door testimony from the House impeachment inquiry 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.