Candidate Profile
Lindsey Graham

Republican , South Carolina

Biography

Name
Lindsey Graham
Party
Republican
Race
U.S. Senator
Incumbent
Yes
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Panel Rating*

Somewhat Conservative Information icon *

*Additional information appears below for educational purposes; however, only data received prior to the candidate deadline was considered during Panel Evaluation.

Scorecards

Conservative Organizations

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), 2017-18:  100%
Christian Coalition of America (CCA), 2014:  100%
Concerned Women for America (CWA), 2020:  100%
FRC Action, 2018:  100%
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), 2017-2018:  100%
National Right to Life, 2019-20:  100%
Susan B. Anthony List (SBA), 2020:  A
American Energy Alliance (AEA), 2019-20:  94%
Faith and Freedom Coalition (FFC), 2017-18:  100%, 94% (cum.)
Campaign for Working Families PAC, 2017-18:  89%
Center for Security Policy, 2015-16:  89%
National Taxpayers Union, 2017-18:  B+
American Conservative Union (ACU), 2018:  71%, 80% (cum.)
American Family Association (AFA), 2017-18:  71%
National Tax-Limitation Committee (NTLC), 2017-18:  71%
Club for Growth, 2018:  42%, 69% (cum.)
John Birch Society (same as Freedom Index), 2018:  60% (cum.)
FreedomWorks, 2019-20:  17%, 59% (cum.)
Freedom Index, 2019:  58% (cum.)
Heritage Action, 2019-20:  67%, 55% (cum.)
Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), 2018:  50%
Eagle Forum, 2015-16:  50%
Gun Owners of America (GOA), 2017-18:  50%
NumbersUSA, 2019:  0%, 34% (cum.)
Conservative Review (CR), 2019:  28% (cum.)

75%

CONSERVATIVE AVERAGE

Liberal Organizations

Outdoor Industry Association PAC, 2018:  B
American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), 2018:  56%
Washington Report on Middle East Affairs (WRMEA), 2017-18:  50%
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), 2017-18:  33%
Foreign Policy for America, 2019:  31%
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), 2017-18:  19%
American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), 2017:  7%, 17% (cum.)
National Religious Campaign Against Torture Action Fund (NRCAT), 2018:  17%
Human Rights Campaign, 2017-18:  12%
League of Conservation Voters (LCV), 2018:  7%, 12% (cum.)
Alliance for Retired Americans, 2018:  30%, 10% (cum.)
American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2018:  9%
Common Cause, 2017-18:  7%
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), 2017:  0%, 6% (cum.)
Americans for Democratic Action (ADA), 2017:  5%
Planned Parenthood, 2019:  4% (cum.)
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, 2017-18:  0%
NARAL Pro-Choice America (NARAL), 2018:  0%
National Education Association (NEA), 2017-18:  0%
National Iranian American Council (NIAC), 2018:  0%
Population Connection Action Fund, 2018:  0%
Progressive Punch, 2019:  F

16%

LIBERAL AVERAGE

Endorsements*

*These endorsements were received after the deadline and were not considered in the Panel Evaluations and are for additional educational purposes only.

Conservatives

3
*Huck PAC, *National Rifle Association (NRA) PVF, National Right To Life

Others

1
Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC PAC)

Selected Contributions

Conservative

GIVEN BY CANDIDATE
6
Fund for America's Future (2010), National Republican Senatorial Committee (2014), Ralph W. Norman (2006), Republican National Committee (2008), Right to Rise (2016), State Republican Party Organizations (2015)
RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
58
21st Century Majority Fund (2017), Bluegrass Committee (2008), Bob Barr Leadership Fund (2008), Charles R. & Helen O. Schwab (2016), Citizens Against Government Waste (2008), Citizens For Responsible Energy Solutions (2014) and 52 more

Liberal

RECEIVED BY CANDIDATE
8
Airline Pilots Association (2014), American Association for Justice (2008), American Maritime Officers (2008), Dennis Deconcini (2006), John A. Girardi (2008), Seth A. & Beth S. Klarman (2016) and 2 more

Summary

12%

LIBERAL

88%

CONSERVATIVE

 

Other Information

Senator Graham was the sole Judiciary Committee Republican who voted in favor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation in Committee, and one of nine Republican votes in favor of Sotomayor (31 Republicans opposed while all Democrats voted in favor)) in the Senate confirmation floor vote. Senator Graham was one of five Republican votes in favor of the confirmation Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan (36 Republicans and one Democrat opposed).

One of the Republicans who voted for the 2018 Omnibus Spending package on March 23, 2018. The vehicle for the roll call vote was H.R. 1625. The package included continued funding for Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, no funding for new border wall construction, and no funding for Veterans Affairs reforms.

Questionnaire

Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim.

Right to Life

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

(Did not answer)

Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not receive taxpayer funds or grants from federal, state, or local governments.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham does not support funding Planned Parenthood.  Source

I support the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which requires health care providers to provide life-saving treatment for infants who survive an attempted abortion.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham voted in support of the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.  Source

Under what circumstances should abortion be allowed?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Exceptions for cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother."  Source


Economy

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has a livable income.

(Did not answer)

Free enterprise and the right to private property are essential elements of a productive economic system.

(Did not answer)

How would you guarantee Social Security benefits for future generations?

(Did not answer)

What government spending would you reduce in order to balance the budget?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  In the past, Graham has voted to "[decrease] the amount of funds spent on Medicaid, Medicare, agriculture, employee pensions, conservation and student loans."  Source

Under what circumstances should taxpayers help pay off existing student loans?

(Did not answer)


Religious Liberty

Governments should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "What I want to do is protect the religious liberties of those who believe that opposing same-sex marriage is part of their faith."  Source

Religious liberty is at risk in the United States and deserves the highest level of protection in the law.

(Did not answer)

I promise to protect the freedom of Christians to share the Gospel and to practice Biblical principles.

(Did not answer)

What does "separation of church and state" mean to you?

(Did not answer)


Healthcare

It is the government’s responsibility to ensure everyone has health insurance.

(Did not answer)

I support the elimination of private healthcare insurance.

(Did not answer)

How would you promote healthcare coverage that is adequate, affordable and accessible for all?

(Did not answer)


National Security

The best way to maintain peace is through a strong military.

(Did not answer)

What should the United States do to help eradicate the threat of radical Islamic terrorism?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "When it comes to radical Islam, a border wall is our last line of defense - not our first. Our first line of defense is a forward-deployed presence working with partners to disrupt operations directed at our allies and homeland."  Source


Immigration

I am in favor of construction of a wall and other necessary infrastructure on our border that gives complete control over entering and exiting the United States.

(Did not answer)

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham does not support abolishing ICE.  Source

State and federal funds should be denied to any public or private entity, including but not limited to sanctuary cities, that are not in compliance with immigration laws.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham did not vote on a bill designed to limit sanctuary city funds.  Source

Employers should be required to use E-verify to confirm the eligibility of their employees to work in the United States.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham supports the use of E-verify.  Source

Who should be allowed to immigrate to the U.S. and under what circumstances?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham supports legal immigration due to the needs for workers in the U.S. "I want to fix a broken visa system. I want to increase legal immigration, because we're gonna have a shortage of workers over time." Senator Graham also supports amnesty for DACA recipients.  Source  Source


Education

Taxpayer-funded public education should be guaranteed through college.

(Did not answer)


Values

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality which is necessary for our system of limited government.

(Did not answer)

I support adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in non-discrimination laws.

(Did not answer)

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham is a member of Corinth Baptist Church.  Source


Qualifications

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and immigration, which of the following best describes you overall?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "Conservative"  Source

Please provide publicly available information validating your answer to the previous question.

(Did not answer)

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.

(Did not answer)

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

(Did not answer)


Criminal Justice

Mandatory minimum sentencing should be required and enforced for violent crimes.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham supports "easing mandatory minimum sentencing for nonviolent crimes".  Source


2nd Amendment

What restrictions on gun ownership are needed to protect public safety?

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham supports Red Flag laws and says, "…the whole goal is to keep the guns out of the hands of dangerous people".  Source


Other Important Issues

I support BDS (boycott, divestment, and sanction) against Israel if they refuse to allow the creation of a Palestinian state.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham opposes BDS.  Source

I support the legalization of recreational marijuana.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  "I'm against legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes."  Source

Reparations should be given to people on the basis of race.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Regarding reparations, Graham said, "I think it's too remote in time. I think it's too divisive."  Source

The Electoral College should be abolished.

(Did not answer)

iVoterGuide Note:  Graham does not support abolishing the Electoral College.  Source

In priority order, what three areas of legislation do you propose to author or sponsor if elected?

(Did not answer)

Is racism a threat to domestic security in the United States? Why or why not?

(Did not answer)


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