Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) says that fellow 2016 campaign positioner Jeb Bush's close personal relationship with the Clintons "would disqualify" him from winning the Republican nomination while deflecting on the question of whether the same fact is true about himself.
QUESTION: You and Hillary Clinton are, it is fair to say, close personal friends -- how can the party trust you to ferociously take her on and make you the nominee, if you are friends with her.
SEN. LINDSAY GRAHAM: Well that would disqualify Jeb -- because apparently Bill is like his illegitimate brother.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: You just made news, thank you, keep talking...
Next, Graham tells MSNBC host Joe Scarborough that his view of the world is much closer to Hillary Clinton's than it is to fellow Republican Rand Paul's. "Even Obama is more aggressive" than Rand Paul, Sen. Graham said. "So Rand Paul is behind Obama, not just Hillary Clinton."
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: I don't dislike Hillary Clinton, I think she is the third term of Barack Obama and the architect of a failed foreign policy. Her and Bill did a better job of selling Obamacare than he did. So, to me, if we can get a qualified nominee, she loses because she represents a failed presidency.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Isn't it true though that your foreign policy --John McCain's as well-- is much closer to Hillary Clinton's view of the world than Rand Paul's?
Because they always say, in effect, that Hillary Clinton was the only neo-con in the Obama administration.
LINDSAY GRAHAM: All I can say about Hillary Clinton is that her view of Russia was misguided. I cannot only say that she apparently--
JOE SCARBOROUGH: But what about on intervention, though? If you had to pick between Hillary Clinton's foreign policy or Rand Paul's?
LINDSAY GRAHAM: Well, I'm closer to anybody who believes that we should lead not from behind but from the front, but she supported a leading from behind president. But here's your point. Rand Paul is one step behind leading from behind. So, yes, even Obama is more aggressive. Obama believes you can kill Anwar al Awlaki without getting a court order. Obama believes you can hold unlawful enemy combatants at Gitmo without a criminal trial because this is law of war detention. So Rand Paul is behind Obama, not just Hillary Clinton.