ALL IN Coordinated Campaign Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

Sen. Lindsey Graham Has Failed to Protect South Carolinians’ Health Insurance

Columbia, S.C. — As shown in recent reporting, one million Americans lost health insurance last year — and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting public health crisis. This is a continuing trend: Census data shows that between 2016 and 2019, 2.3 million Americans lost their health insurance. During this period, the number of uninsured South Carolinians grew by 62,000. In 2019, the percentage of people in South Carolina without health insurance continued to rise.

The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened these conditions, as unemployment has skyrocketed and many South Carolinians face uncertain futures. What has remained constant through this whole time, however, is Lindsey Graham’s opposition to expanding healthcare coverage and his commitment to repealing the only national law that protects people with preexisting conditions.

“When it comes to healthcare — the number one issues on voters’ minds during this devastating pandemic — Sen. Graham has failed to protect South Carolinians’ coverage,” said Manuel Bonder, SCDP coordinated campaign spokesperson. “Not only is he failing to protect our care — Lindsey Graham is actively working to gut coverage and repeal protections for people with preexisting conditions. This November, we will send Sen. Graham home, because our health depends on it.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 16, 2020
Contact:
Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

New Quinnipiac Poll Shows Lindsey Graham Should Be Preparing for Retirement

As He Fails to Lead During this Crisis, Sen. Graham Seems More Focused on Playing Golf Than Providing the Solutions South Carolina Desperately Needs

Columbia, S.C. — Today, Quinnipiac University released a new poll showing Jaime Harrison and Sen. Lindsey Graham tied at 48% in the race for U.S. Senate in South Carolina. This poll found that Sen. Graham’s favorability is underwater, while nearly 50 percent of voters surveyed had a favorable opinion of Jaime Harrison. This poll asked South Carolina voters whether they felt Graham “cared about average people,” and the majority said they did not.

According to Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy, Sen. Graham is in the fight of his political life. “A victor by almost 16 points back in 2014, Senator Graham stares down the first real test of his Senate tenure. Outspent and accused by some of being a Trump apologist, he is in a precarious tie,” Malloy said.

“In the face of this unprecedented crisis, Lindsey Graham’s utter weakness and failure to lead has been devastating — and he is running scared because of it,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “South Carolinians are tired of this callous, hypocritical, failed excuse for a senator. Now, voters are ready to send Lindsey into early retirement.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2020
Contact:
Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

SCDP Statement on Sen. Graham’s Comments on the Shooting of Jacob Blake

 

Columbia, S.C. — Yesterday, when asked about the police shooting of Jacob Blake, Sen. Graham placed the blame on Mr. Blake. While the reporter clearly noted that Mr. Blake was shot in the back seven times and that he is now paralyzed from the waist down, Sen. Graham’s response contained no recognition of the brutality of this incident. Instead, Sen. Graham questioned why Mr. Blake didn’t yield.

“For Lindsey Graham to blame the victim in this terrible incident is despicable,” said Lauren Brown, SCDP spokesperson. “Right is right and wrong is wrong. You don’t shoot an unarmed man in the back. People across the country are calling out for justice and reforms to the use of force by police, but Lindsey Graham has decided to blame the victim instead of leading with solutions.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 25, 2020
Contact:Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

Sen. Graham “Fully Supported” A Policy That Would Deplete Disability Benefits by 2021 and Social Security Benefits by 2023

Columbia, S.C. — A recent analysis by the Social Security Administration’s Chief Actuary estimates that a current proposal to end payroll taxes would immediately endanger the Social Security Trust Fund — leaving it with no ability to pay benefits by the middle of 2023. The proposal would leave the fund unable to make payments to disabled Americans by 2021. This is alarming news that risks devastating consequences for seniors and families across South Carolina.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he fully supports a payroll tax cut — endangering critical funds to Social Security and Medicare and threatening South Carolinians’ health and retirement security. Lindsey Graham has also dismissed our financial commitments to these critical programs as “promises we can’t keep,” a demonstration of his disregard for these critical earned benefits.

“Social Security is an essential, hard-earned benefit seniors across South Carolina have paid into their entire lives — and they depend on it,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “This is an alarming reminder that the reckless proposal Sen. Graham supports poses grave threats to South Carolina seniors and hard working families. In the face of this devastating economic crisis, we need a senator who will fight to protect Social Security — not one who works to defund it.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 24, 2020
CONTACT: MANUEL BONDER, 857-928-2030, ALLINPRESS@SCDP.ORG

As Lindsey Graham’s Recess Continues, South Carolina Teachers Are Frustrated, Confused, Uncertain  

Columbia, S.C. — As many South Carolina teachers prepare to return to their classrooms in person in the next few weeks, COVID-19 activity remains high across the state, leading many to fear the worst. Unanswered concerns about school outbreaks and widespread virus transmission in classrooms are resulting in tremendous amounts of stress, unrest, and anxiety for teachers. This is yet another example of how devastating the failure to get this virus under control has been.

As was recently reported, South Carolina teachers are frustrated, confused, and worried about plans to safely reopen schools. From the uncertainty around face-covering policies and what safety measures teachers will need to take, to the many unanswered questions around remote learning conditions, South Carolina teachers are right to be concerned.

Meanwhile, as this uncertain start to the school year looms, Sen. Lindsey Graham is still on recess instead of working to provide solutions. House Democrats passed coronavirus aid that included billions to support our struggling education system, but instead of staying at work to negotiate, Lindsey Graham left Washington and won’t return until after the start of the school year. The lack of action on school reopenings has been devastating — and now, South Carolina teachers are being hung out to dry.

“The fact that Sen. Graham is on recess in the face of this issue is unfathomable,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “His lack of leadership is making South Carolina teachers, students, and middle class families worse off. We desperately need a senator who will tackle these challenges head on — because our communities depend on it.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUGUST 21, 2020
CONTACT: MANUEL BONDER, 857-928-2030, ALLINPRESS@SCDP.ORG

Lindsey Graham’s Inaction is Hurting South Carolina, Increasing Uncertainty

“S.C. economists project South Carolina will lose out on at least $1.2 billion in new money it had projected the state to have.”

S.C. House Budget Chairman: “We don’t have any grasp of where we’re heading”

Columbia, S.C. — This week, as Lindsey Graham’s summer vacation continues, Gov. Henry McMaster is sounding the alarm about possible state budget cuts. McMaster has asked state lawmakers not to create a new spending plan and urged his cabinet to prepare for possible budget cuts. As the Governor noted, at the beginning of this year, there was broad support for raising teachers’ salaries, extending full-day kindergarten access statewide, and making urgent repairs to South Carolina’s infrastructure; those plans have evaporated due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Sen. Graham has taken a summer vacation, failing to enact any meaningful solutions to the ongoing public health and economic threats facing South Carolina. Instead of leading us through this crisis, Sen. Graham has cheered on executive orders that would cut emergency unemployment relief for struggling South Carolinians and increase the burden on the state’s already-stressed budget — a burden he opposes alleviating.

“While Lindsey Graham enjoys his August recess, he is simultaneously ignoring the most urgent crises South Carolina families, business owners and entire communities are facing,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “The future looks painfully uncertain for many, and once again Lindsey Graham is nowhere to be found. Graham should be providing comfort to folks about where we’re headed. That’s what real leadership looks like and what the voters of South Carolina deserve.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2020
Contact:Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

As South Carolina’s Economy Struggles, Lindsey Graham Fails to Lead

Columbia, S.C. — This week, 1.1 million Americans filed new unemployment claims — and new claims rose across South Carolina as well. This concerning news comes amid Sen. Graham’s summer vacation — during a week in which he has been raising money out of state rather than working to address the ongoing public health and economic crises facing South Carolina.

Sen. Graham has steadfastly opposed providing additional relief to South Carolinians who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own during the pandemic — saying that Congress would extend emergency relief “over our dead bodies.” Sen. Graham has consistently fought to gut emergency unemployment relief nearly 150,000 South Carolinians rely on to make ends meet.

“Sen. Graham has spent the summer failing to provide any leadership on the most pressing issues South Carolina faces — from rising COVID-19 cases to historic economic devastation,” said Manuel Bonder, SCDP coordinated campaign spokesperson. “Now, as the Senate continues its summer vacation, unemployment is on the rise and South Carolinians are struggling to get by. We desperately need leadership in the U.S. Senate — and Lindsey Graham refuses to provide it.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

Lindsey Graham’s Health Care Record is On the Ballot

Columbia, S.C. — Today, in a stark reminder of the ongoing threats to our health care system, the Supreme Court scheduled oral arguments in the lawsuit to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This lawsuit stands to fully repeal the ACA — which would eliminate access to health care for nearly 300,000 South Carolinians, end Medicaid expansion, and gut protections for preexisting conditions.

Throughout his career, Senator Graham has steadfastly opposed the ACA. He has frequently supported repealing this critical law and championed legislation that would allow insurers to “charge sick people higher premiums — or deny them coverage outright.” Without existing protections for people with preexisting conditions, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, people who recover from the virus and attempt to purchase a health care plan could be “turned down, charged higher premiums, or have follow-up care excluded from coverage.” Sen. Graham has also promised that with enough support in Congress, he will vote to repeal this law.

“Today’s announcement is a stark reminder of the stakes in this election — and the fact that health care is on the ballot in South Carolina,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “Sen. Graham fighting to repeal the Affordable Care Act is nothing new — but it is especially cruel and reckless in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Carolina needs a senator who will fight to protect and expand access to affordable health care — not one who works to take it away.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

Lindsey Graham Lacks South Carolina Base, Raising 86.5% of Money Out-of-State

“The American Independent: Graham Attacks Challenger For Raising Out-Of-State Money As He Does The Same Thing”

Columbia, S.C. — Sen. Graham has once again been caught in a hypocritical position where his actions speak louder than his words — drawing attention to how much of his support comes from wealthy out of state donors and PACs. While Sen. Graham’s campaign routinely criticizes his opponent for raising money out-of-state, recent reporting shows that Graham is raising the vast majority of his money from outside South Carolina.

Reporters have repeatedly noted that Sen. Graham has consistently raised the overwhelming majority of his funds from outside of South Carolina. According to The American Independent, Lindsey Graham has raised the vast majority — 86.5% — of his campaign funds this cycle from outside South Carolina. He is also spending huge sums of money targeting voters with Facebook ads — they just happen to overwhelmingly be voters in other states.

“This is yet another example of Lindsey Graham’s glaring hypocrisy; once again, his actions and his words don’t agree with each other,” said Manuel Bonder, South Carolina Democratic Party coordinated campaign spokesperson. “Right now, while Lindsey is on summer vacation, South Carolina families and small businesses are struggling through an unprecedented pandemic and one of the worst economic crises in our country’s history. Instead of playing political games, Sen. Graham should get back to work.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

Will Lindsey Graham Stand Up and Protect the Postal Service?

 

Columbia, S.C. — The Postal Service has undergone a sweeping overhaul, causing “slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections.” The administration acknowledges that the Postal Service needs money to protect America’s voting rights this November but says it will continue to block critical emergency funding.

Jeopardizing the Postal Service, however, is not just about our right to vote by mail in the midst of a pandemic; it threatens the well being of people across South Carolina who rely on the USPS every day. From those in rural communities for whom losing a post office would be devastating, to seniors who use it to communicate with their loved ones, to the veterans who rely on it for their medication — the Postal Service is vital. South Carolinians deserve to know — where does Lindsey Graham stand?

“People across South Carolina rely on the Postal Service to deliver everything from prescription drugs and medical equipment, to their Social Security checks and letters from loved ones,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “The ongoing threats to the USPS are not only undermining America’s voting rights — they endanger the well being of communities and small businesses all across our state. South Carolina has a right to know: Will Lindsey stand up and protect this essential service?”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 13, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

Lindsey Graham’s Inaction Stands to Cost South Carolina Millions

 

Columbia, S.C. — After a wasted summer failing to act on legislation to address the COVID-19 pandemic, Lindsey Graham is cheering on the administration’s executive order to cut crucial unemployment relief for struggling South Carolinians. Not only will this executive order gut relief for people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own — it would rely on millions of dollars from South Carolina’s already-stressed state budget. As reported by the Post and Courier:

The order “…Requires states to pay 25 percent of the cost in order to cash in. […] That would place a huge financial burden on the state, which is already dealing with declining tax revenues as a result of the pandemic and economic recession…It remains unclear where the money for the state’s share would come from.”

This proposal will hurt the over 188,000 South Carolinians who filed for unemployment in the face of this unprecedented pandemic; it also could result in higher taxes for South Carolina businesses — many of which may not survive one of the worst economic crises in our country’s history.

“Lindsey Graham’s devastating summer of inaction has left struggling families and small businesses behind,” said Trav Robertson, Jr., SCDP Chair. “The result is that instead of real solutions to the challenges we face today, South Carolinians have been left with a series of irresponsible half-measures that do more harm than good.”

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

Lindsey Graham’s Record on COVID-19 is One of Failure and Inaction

 

Columbia, S.C. — This week, Sen. Lindsey Graham was asked about his past statements on the COVID-19 pandemic. To recap:

In April, he said that if we can hold the death rate under 50,000, it would mean “we’ve acted decisively.” Then, he said that the “strategy and policy regarding the virus is working. We’re driving down the curve every day […] I think we’re going to be well below 100,000 in deaths.” In May, he said that “the closer you can have it” to 120,000 total deaths, “I think you can say you limited the casualties in this war.”

We have now crossed 160,000 total deaths.

The results of Sen. Graham’s inaction during this crisis have been devastating. Thousands of South Carolinians have died, and over 100,000 have gotten sick; small businesses across our state have been forced to lay people off and shut their doors; students, teachers, and working families are desperately worried about unsafe school reopenings — and rightly so. It didn’t have to be this bad.

“By Lindsey Graham’s own account, he and the administration have fundamentally failed at mitigating the damage of this virus — but he refuses to take responsibility,” said Manuel Bonder, SCDP coordinated campaign spokesperson. “The mishandling of this pandemic has devastated our public health and economy. In order to recover from these crises and build a better future for South Carolina, we need leaders who — unlike Lindsey Graham — will step up and face these challenges head on.”


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 10, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

A “Good Week” For Lindsey Graham is a Bad Week For South Carolina

Columbia, S.C. — Last Friday, Lindsey Graham spent his evening celebrating a “good week” for his party — a clear demonstration that he’s more focused on playing DC political games than solving South Carolina problems. Last week Graham golfed with Trump for the umpteenth time. Reports show they did not even discuss the coronavirus or how to help struggling families make ends meet. At the beginning of Sen. Graham’s summer of inaction, he identified himself as the leader of the Senate’s effort to destroy emergency unemployment relief South Carolina families rely on, claiming that he would vote to extend emergency relief “over our dead bodies.” The result is no real progress on solutions for COVID-19 relief legislation as the crisis worsens.

During Lindsey’s “good” week:

  • COVID-19 cases and deaths continued to rise in the Palmetto State
  • Critical unemployment relief for folks who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic remained mired in the Senate and was gutted by an executive order
  • Unsafe plans to reopen schools continued to worry teachers, students, and working families
  • The Senate left South Carolinians struggling to make rent in a lurch by refusing to appropriate funds to extend the eviction moratorium in the CARES Act

Is the plan to hope this week is miraculously better?

“It is unfathomable for Lindsey Graham to speak of a “good week” while the COVID-19 pandemic rages on and the Senate refuses to act,” said Manuel Bonder, coordinated campaign spokesperson. “South Carolinians are struggling, and this moment calls for leaders who will step up and face these challenges head on. Unfortunately, Senator Graham is not that leader.”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 7, 2020
Contact: Manuel Bonder, 857-928-2030, allinpress@scdp.org

 

Lindsey Graham Pushes to Lower Crucial COVID-19-Related Unemployment Relief

Columbia, S.C. — Once again, Lindsey Graham is taking a position that makes one wonder, who is he working for in Washington? In April, Sen. Graham boasted that “over our dead bodies” would Congress extend the emergency unemployment boost provided by the bipartisan CARES Act. Now, the Senator is pushing to lower unemployment benefits for folks who have lost their jobs in the pandemic through no fault of their own.

The reality is, Sen. Graham has been party to a devastating summer of inaction — one where he frittered away his time on the golf course rather than working towards real solutions to bring needed relief to South Carolina’s laid-off workers and cash-strapped communities. Cases have skyrocketed, deaths have mounted nationwide, working families and small businesses across South Carolina are hurting, and the Senate is still nowhere near a new bill.

“Sen. Graham’s inaction — as this pandemic has raged on and the economic devastation has worsened — has made South Carolina’s working families and small businesses worse off,” Manuel Bonder, coordinated campaign spokesperson said. “We need someone in that office who will step up and face problems head on in order to make life better for folks across our state. Once again, Lindsey is proving he’s not that leader.”

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