Sen. Graham, facing a primary challenge by the Tea Party, campaigns in Fort Mill

Special to the Fort Mill TimesFebruary 24, 2014 

— U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped in Fort Mill last week as part of his re-election campaign.

Graham, (R-South Carolina), spoke at Winthrop University early Thursday, later visited Riverview Elementary School and toured Fort Mill’s Main Street, stopping in to talk with local business owners. He was greeted by Fort Mill Mayor Danny Funderburk before visiting the owners and production workers at tie shop R. Hanauer on his first stop. He also spoke with owners and customers at Local Dish, Art Funk & Junk and the Fort Mill Barber Shop.

Conversation focused on the proposed minimum wage increase and the Republican party’s outlook for the 2016 presidential election.

“I think after eight years of this guy, we’re going to be back in the ball game,” he said, referring to second-term Democratic President Barack Obama.

“Mainly because the economy is faltering, the world is on fire, the big government experiment didn’t work – so we’re back in the ball game sort of by default. It’s OK to smile. It’s OK to be happy. You see, Ronald Reagan kind of figured this out...I just know that second acts are hard to get in life, and we’re getting one.”

Graham is facing primary challenges, including one from a tea party-backed candidate.

At Riverview, he told kindergarten students, “I work in Washington, D.C., and I understand that you are studying about President Washington and about the city. It is a beautiful place. I hope when you get older you’ll come see me. The thing I admire most about George Washington is that he was very popular, and people wanted to make him president for life, make him a king. And he said, “No, I’m going to leave after two terms in office.’

And he walked away from being a very powerful man, and I think that one decision by President Washington made America what it is today.”

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