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SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM IS INTERVIEWED ON FOX NEWS CHANNEL
OCTOBER 3, 2007
BILL HEMMER [FOX NEWS CHANNEL]:
Back to this developing situation in the skies near
Now, the Air Force has been dealing with these stray bombers since August. And
Lindsey Graham, Republican senator, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, with me now from D.C.
Senator, good morning, and welcome back.
SENATOR LINDSEY GRAHAM:
Good morning, Bill.
Help me with this. What does
Well, it's -- they have this view that they're re-emerging as a stronger power but actually they're diminishing themselves.
You know, this idea of re-engaging
Every institution in
You used a word in there. You said "diminished." Why are they diminished?
Well, because Putin has rolled back democratic reforms. These flights have not occurred since 1992. He is trying to now run for prime minister. He's diminished the Duma, the parliament, when he was president. The legal system is pretty much of a joke. The press has no freedom in
He's fishing in a stream without a shirt. It's kind of like the whole country's going through a mid-life crisis.
Well, that's a statement right out of
You don't seem to be concerned about this, do you?
I'm not. I'm not, because I know the strength of our country is the institutions we have are bigger than personalities.
We should be concerned about
Remember the bear in the wood commercial that Ronald Reagan ran in 1980 against the
I sure do.
Well, this is a cub in the woods.
So we have to convince them...
With global energy prices, too, one argue that their economy's on the boost too, and they're creating billionaires by the day over there in
Another topic now: The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, is hitting hard back at Rush Limbaugh. And I know you've heard the back- and-forth between Limbaugh and what has being said in the Senate and Media Matters, this group that really put the headline on the story two days ago.
What are we to make of the back-and-forth and why the Senate is taking the position it is, at least on the Democratic side?
We can clearly understand that the MoveOn.org ad really stunned the Democrats, and they're trying to create a bogeyman on the right to make up for what was clearly an effort by the left to diminish and to bring into question the patriotism of General Petraeus.
So you're saying the Betray-Us ad, this is payback because of that.
Well, it's an attempt at payback. But from what I can see, based on the record available to us, Rush Limbaugh was talking about two people who claimed to be in
Lindsey Graham, thank you for your time.