Senator Lindsey Graham visited Uptown Greenwood Monday afternoon, meeting various potential voters in preparation for the 2014 election. Graham visited businesses throughout Greenwood, including Thayer’s, Mccaslan’s Book Store, and The Floral Case. According to Graham, a Central, S.C. native, making a trip to Greenwood was a fulfilling experience.
“I had an event for my campaign, so I have some people helping me raise money,” Graham said. “I just like to touch base every so often in all of our towns that I can, just find out how business is.”
A primary focus for Graham during Monday’s meet and greet dealt with immigration issues.
“Any time you are doing something, you’re going to make people mad,” Graham said. “I want to keep the job based on being affective at it. Someone has to fix a broken immigration system. Amnesty is doing nothing as our current system. Our borders are not as secure as they should be. We have to be sure that the American worker gets the first shot at a job. The immigration issue has to be resolved for the good of the nation.”
Graham, being a conservative Senator, also explained his views on Medicare and Social Security.
“I want to reform Medicare and Social Security before they go broke,” Graham said. “These programs are very important to our seniors and they are not going to be there for our young people, unless we do something about it.”
Graham is hoping that voters can grasp a full understanding of who he is as an individual.
“I want people to vote based on understanding who I am,” Graham explained. “I’m a conservative, like Ronald Reagan. If I get 80 percent of what I want, I’m happy about it. I don’t believe you have to get everything to find a common ground.”
While looking forward to the 2014 election, Graham explained that he still remains focused on the job he is currently doing.
“My main concern between now and my election is to make sure I keep doing the best job I can for our country.”