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Graham dismisses criticism from Fox Business's Lou Dobbs

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report MORE (R-S.C.), who is battling for his Senate career in a toss-up reelection race, on Sunday brushed off a sharp attack from Fox Business host Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsBartiromo, Pirro, Dobbs file to dismiss Smartmatic lawsuits Jim Jordan: Rising power on the right? Fox Corp. signs Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott to new multiyear deal MORE, telling reporters, “I don’t really worry much about Mr. Dobbs.”

Graham, when asked whether he wanted President TrumpDonald TrumpNoem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE to stand up for him against attacks from the right, said Dobbs “has a right to his own opinion” but that “people at home get the big picture.” 

“I think people in South Carolina understand why it’s important for me to get reelected,” Graham said.

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Dobbs on Friday expressed incredulity that conservatives are backing Graham’s reelection, criticizing him for not using his position as the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to investigate allegations made by Trump that the Obama administration improperly investigated his 2016 presidential campaign. 

“I don’t know why anyone in the great state of South Carolina would ever vote for Lindsey Graham. It’s just outrageous,” Dobbs said.

Dobbs's salvo comes at a time when Graham is trying to rev up conservative support to win a fourth Senate term. 

The nonpartisan Cook Political Report, a respected handicapper, moved the South Carolina Senate race into the “toss-up” category earlier this month. It was previously rated a “lean Republican” race. 

Graham has been dramatically outraised by his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, who reported collecting a jaw-dropping $57 million in the third fundraising quarter of 2020.

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Graham recently pleaded for more financial support during an interview with Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityGrenell hints at potential California gubernatorial bid Cruz blames criticism of Cancun trip on media 'Trump withdrawal' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE on Fox News.

Dobbs, however, took a swipe at Graham’s support from the right by accusing him of being an unreliable ally of the president. 

“Graham has betrayed President Trump at almost every turn,” Dobbs said. “He has betrayed the American people and his oath of office. He’s done absolutely nothing to investigate Obamagate except to tell everyone, ‘Stay tuned,’ time and time again. Stay tuned. Senator Graham needs to be tuned out in South Carolina.” 

Graham on Sunday quipped, “I’m sad to say I missed it” and chuckled but didn’t appear too shaken by the attack.

“I think Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE is of the same opinion,” he added with another chuckle, referring to Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerThe bizarre back story of the filibuster Hillicon Valley: Biden signs order on chips | Hearing on media misinformation | Facebook's deal with Australia | CIA nominee on SolarWinds House Rules release new text of COVID-19 relief bill MORE (D-N.Y.)

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Graham said he plans to campaign on Tuesday after the Senate votes to confirm Judge Amy Coney BarrettAmy Coney BarrettThe Jan. 6 case for ending the Senate filibuster Laurence Tribe: Justice Thomas is out of order on 2020 election McConnell backs Garland for attorney general MORE to the Supreme Court Monday evening.

Graham also responded to White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsHow scientists saved Trump's FDA from politics Liberals howl after Democrats cave on witnesses Kinzinger calls for people with info on Trump to come forward MORE’s statement on CNN on Sunday that “we’re not going to control the pandemic.”

“ We need a vaccine. Until we get a vaccine, it’s going to be just holding the line. It’s all over the world, guys. We’ve had every model from herd immunity to lock the whole world down. It’s still a problem,” he said.