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The Sun News - Graham Stumps for McCain
Senator dismisses Obama's tax plans

By Aliana Ramos - aramos@thesunnews.com

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH -- With the presidential race less than a month away, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., spent Wednesday campaigning for Sen. John McCain, including a stop in North Myrtle Beach.

Touting a low-tax policy with references to "Joe the Plumber," low government spending policy and a pro-life stance on abortion, Graham tried to inspire about 50 Republicans at the Victory Office in North Myrtle Beach to get to the polls.

"I want to beat him because he's got bad ideas," Graham said about presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-lL. "I want to beat him because he's going to raise your taxes. He's going to put us into bankruptcy as a nation."
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Obama's tax plan would cut taxes for 95 percent of workers and their families with a tax cut of $500 for workers or $1,000 for working couples. Those who make over $250,000 would have their taxes stay the same or face an increase, according to Obama's campaign Web site.

Graham wasn't only rallying support for McCain but also for his own U.S. senatorial campaign against Democrat Bob Conley.

"Don't take my election for granted and don't take [U.S. Sen. Henry Brown's] election for granted," Graham said. "If [Democrats] win this election, we've created a model that is going to be hard on your kids and your grandkids. If we can stand up to this crowd and beat them now, then I think the future is very bright."

Graham said that although he is from the upstate, he could still address the concerns of the coastal areas.

"People in this part of South Carolina along the Grand Strand. ... I know your challenges, I know your hopes, I know your dreams," Graham said. "I know you need roads. Everytime I come down here I can't get around any better than you can. I am proud to put my name behind projects that we've brought because they do create jobs."

Graham also stood up for vice-presidential candidate Gov. Sarah Palin, R-Alaska.

"People who turn their nose down at her are turning their noses down at us,"Graham said.

He called Palin "Washington's worst nightmare."

Even with McCain behind in some polls in several battleground states, Graham said the McCain-Palin ticket would win.

"The polls are all over the place. I will beat Michael Phelps in swimming before Barack Obama wins North Carolina," said Graham about one of the battleground states. "Here's the real trick to that: I can't swim. That's how much confidence I have."

Bren Gibson, was at Wednesday's rally at the Victory Office and said she supported Graham and the McCain-Palin ticket.

"We can't afford to lose seats in the house and the senate," Gibson said.

Gibson, of North Myrtle Beach, said she is a Republican but looks to where candidates stand on the issues when deciding how to vote.

She liked what Graham had to say about taxes.

"I agree when he said 'We don't need any more of your money. We need to spend it better,'" she said.


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