Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Politics

Graham reluctantly calls for unity behind Ted Cruz (w/video)

WASHINGTON — Barely a month after comparing the choice between nominating Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to "being shot or poisoned," Sen. Lindsey Graham said it may be time to reach for the arsenic to save his party.

"Ted Cruz is not my favorite by any means, but we may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz as the only way to stop Donald Trump," the South Carolina Republican told CBS in an interview as Trump swept seven states in the Super Tuesday primaries, adding that even so, "I'm not so sure that would work."

It's hardly a ringing endorsement from someone who has been an outspoken critic of Cruz, just last week joking about the Texan being murdered on the Senate floor. Graham, himself a presidential candidate who backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush after suspending his own campaign, said he does not see anything standing in the way of Trump's nomination "short of a major scandal."

"I think we're about to lose to the most dishonest politician in America, Hillary Clinton, and how could you do that? Nominate someone who's crazy," he said. "I think dishonest beats crazy. That's our problem."

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