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Graham: Biden ‘deserves a Cabinet’ if he wins

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Friday that Joe Biden “deserves” to have his Cabinet appointees confirmed by the Senate if he ends up the winner of the presidential election.

Graham, speaking to reporters on a Zoom call, said he will oppose the Democratic agenda when he disagrees with it but will also seek to find common ground, such as on Biden’s picks to serve as secretary of State and other positions, if possible.

“I ran on two things, that I will be a reliable vote to stop the most radical agenda being pushed by [Speaker] Nancy Pelosi [D-Calif.] and others in the history of the United States,” he said. “I also talked about openly in my campaign at all the debates about [how] I have reached across the aisle and will continue to do so,” he said.

Graham said he will oppose the Green New Deal, Medicare for All and packing the Supreme Court.

“When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that. The vice president deserves a Cabinet. I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of State, attorney general,” he said.

“I recognize that he won, he deserves a Cabinet. There may be some people that I just can’t vote for because I think they’re unqualified or too extreme,” he said.

Graham, however, emphasized: “I’m not conceding he’s going to win.”

The South Carolina lawmaker said Trump could make a comeback in Arizona.

“If Trump comes back in Arizona, and he actually takes Arizona, this is going to be one hell of a fight,” he said later in the call.

But the senior GOP senator is already thinking about how the working relationship between the GOP-controlled Senate and a potential President Biden may shape up.

“If Biden wins, he’s got to make a decision about what kind of president he wants to be. Does he want to be more like Obama who rammed through [the Congress] ObamaCare and a stimulus package that was very partisan or does he want to sit down with people like [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell [R-Ky.] and others and me and see if he can find some common ground like infrastructure.”

Graham said “maybe immigration” is another issue where Republican senators and the Biden administration could find common ground. 

Tags 2020 election Joe Biden Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Nancy Pelosi

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