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Lindsey Graham: Voting for Trump Is Like Buying Ticket on Titanic

(MSNBC/"Morning Joe")

By    |   Tuesday, 02 February 2016 11:59 AM

Sen. Lindsey Graham, weighing in on the Iowa GOP caucus results Tuesday, said there's only one person who would do worse in a general election than Ted Cruz, and that's Donald Trump.

"If you vote for Trump as a Republican, you're buying a ticket on the Titanic," Graham, who abandoned his own bid for the Republican presidential nomination in December, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program.

The South Carolina Republican has endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for the GOP nomination, and insisted on Tuesday that Bush is still in the running, despite marking single-digit results in Monday's Iowa contests.

"I think the story after New Hampshire will be the Bush ground game and the Bush political organization," Graham said. "You know, John McCain tied for fourth out of six people and still won New Hampshire, so I think Jeb will do very well here because he's got a ground game.

Graham said he also puts little faith in pollsters.

"I got knocked out of the main stage because of these pollsters," said Graham. "I want my money back. This is ridiculous. These are the guys that were telling who should be in the debate? Please."

Meanwhile, Graham said he rates Cruz's chances of winning the presidential race against a Democrat at about "one in 10."

"The problem we have as Republicans is that we're losing the largest and fastest growing demographic, Hispanics, and when you ask them after 2012 why they don't like the Republican Party it's the immigration issue and the way we handled it," said Graham.

"So, Ted was for legalization, no matter what he tells you, and now he says he wasn't. So he's going further right on immigration. He doesn't have an [abortion] exception for rape and incest. If a woman is raped in Ted Cruz's world, she is going to have to carry the baby of the rapist. I'm pro-life but I won't go there. I think that's hard to sell with young women."

Graham also said he likes third-place finisher Marco Rubio, but complained "he turned hard right."

"He has abandoned the bill he worked with me on and in the last debate he sounded more like Cruz on immigration," said Graham. "That's disappointing because that will come back to bite us as a party."

But what he likes about Bush is "he's steady and has a backbone and is not giving in on immigration and I think over time that will matter in New Hampshire."

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