South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who has come under fire from tea party activists, has highlighted his conservative values in his first television and radio ads for the GOP primary in June.
Calling himself "a conservative leader who gets things done," the two-term senator even aligns himself with former S.C. Sen. Jim DeMint, the president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, during his 30-second commercial.
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Graham points out that he opposed Obamacare from the start and led the fight for a full investigation into the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, while adding that he’s "a champion" of the military and veterans.
The commercials also tout the fact that Graham battled "union bosses," who he claims fought Boeing's expansion plans in South Carolina, The State
in Columbia, S.C., reports.
Graham, however, is facing the wrath of tea party members
in the Republican primary for supporting Sonia Sotomayor for the U.S. Supreme Court, voting for the bank bailout, and for his work on the Senate immigration bill.
Graham, who compares himself to former President Ronald Reagan, will be facing five opponents in the primary, including public relations executive Nancy Mace, who has tea party ties and was the first female graduate of The Citadel.
Libertarian state Sen. Lee Bright is also running, along with businessman Richard Cash; attorney Bill Connor; and Columbia pastor Det Bowers, who has not announced his candidacy officially but has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission.
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