Fox News host Chris Wallace confronted Senator Lindsey Graham this week for speaking out against voting Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) compromise on the voting law that the Democrats are trying to enforce through Congress.
Wallace asks Graham
After going through some aspects of Manchin’s proposal, Wallace asked, “Can you join the stripped-down Manchin version, and if not, why not?”
“I don’t like the idea of depriving state lawmakers of redistribution,” Graham replied. “As much as I like Joe Manchin, the answer would be no.”
Wallace shot back, discussing some of the differences Manchin had made in his proposal before asking how the moderate Democrat might possibly react to Republican opposition. He said:
“If, it appears, Republicans are voting to kill the Manchin version of voting rights – you have already voted to kill the January 6 bipartisan commission investigating the Capitol uprising – are you taking the risk? that Manchin and a few other moderate senators will at some point say, ‘Look, bipartisanism doesn’t work, you know what? We’re not going to kill the filibuster, but we’re going to reduce the number of votes you need to stop a debate from 60 to 55. ‘”
“I hope not,” replied Graham. “Because I was in Joe Manchin’s shoes.”
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In the same interview, Graham also slammed the version of the Democratic bill, calling it “the greatest seizure in the history of the country.”
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“In my opinion, SR 1 is the largest takeover in the country’s history,” he said. “It mandates collecting ballot papers, not a voter ID. It eliminates the ability for states to redistribute themselves when there are population shifts. It’s just a bad idea, and it’s a problem that most Republicans won’t sign up to – they’re trying to solve a problem that most Republicans have a different point of view on. “
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This comes a week after the minority leader in the Senate Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Republicans would reject Manchin’s compromise proposal, ”said The Hill.
“I would make this observation about the revised version. … All Republicans, I think, will oppose that too when this comes up on the ground, “McConnell said.
This piece was written by James Samson on June 23rd, 2021. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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