New audio from a private gathering of supporters has helped establish Sen. Lindsey Graham’s possible 2016 presidential platform.
The audio recording provided to CNN captured the South Carolina Republican “joking” at a private Charleston club that “white men who are in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.” According to the CNN report, Graham confirmed the recordings were authentic. The speech took place at the Hibernian Society of Charleston, a charitable group with an all-male membership, who apparently was not offended being portrayed as such. (Members of the society must be Catholic and either Irish-born or of Irish descent.)
In the recording according to CNN, Graham is heard saying: “I’m trying to help you with your tax status. I’m sorry the government’s so f——- up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do great in my presidency.”
Graham, a far-right Republican, is facing Democrat Brad Hutto in his bid for reelection but also faces Tea Party reality-show star Thomas Ravenel in next Tuesday.