Mar 9, 2015 10:24 AM

Kevin Landrigan: S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham wants vote on any Iran deal

BEDFORD - Potential, Republican candidate for president Lindsay Graham challenged his peers to insist Congress approve any nuclear treaty with Iran.

The South Carolina senator concluded his first, exploratory visit to the state telling NH1 News that it left him more not less likely to run for the White House in 2016.

"I loved it,'' said Graham who says he'll decide in about a month whether to enter the fray.

Graham told the Politics and Eggs forum audience that New Hampshire and his home state have to treasure their primaries that force candidates to engage with voters and reduce the influence of money in electing a president.

"Don't ever lose what you've got,'' Graham said at the Bedford Village Inn breakfast speaking series.

"You are an antidote for Big Money.''

Graham said a bad deal with Iran is worse than no deal at all and a congressional vote would force all the details to surface publicly.

"I want you to know what's in it,'' said Graham.

This political moderate and 59-year-old, single man pressed for reforming both immigration and Social Security.

Doing something to resolve the status of the 12 million in this country without documentation is an economic imperative as the Baby Boom is over.

Placing future limits on Social Security and Medicare, especially for the wealthy, is essential to one day balancing the federal budget.

"The option of doing nothing on entitlements means the demise of Social Security as we know it,'' Graham said.

A foreign policy and national security expert, Graham also said the US needs to bring back ground troops in Iraq to stabilize that country.


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