Are we to believe that the voters of South Carolina and Aiken County would remove U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham from his post as South Carolina’s senior senator following as he has in the footsteps of former U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond? Would the voters of South Carolina prefer to elect a freshman senator with virtually no demonstrated experience, knowledge or understanding on critical domestic or international issues? Would they remove a sitting senator who serves on the Appropriations, Armed Services and Budget committees and has demonstrated a commitment to fiscal prudence and national defense?

Voters should remember that Graham as a Congressman successfully pursued a cost-of-living increase in 2002 for Savannah River Site retirees. He is uniquely positioned to continue his support for MOX. His detractors label him a Republican in name only – or RINO. They argue that he votes with the opposition 50 percent of the time. Agreeing with U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., on various procedural votes as contrasted with votes on substance in no way represents a betrayal of guiding Republican principles. In this time of federal government policy challenges as well as rising tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East resulting from a failed foreign policy, our true national interests demand that Graham be retained.

John N. Lindsay