Roughing it with U.S. Sen Graham

info@islandpacket.comApril 16, 2013 

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham had trouble veering to the right off the tee in Monday's pro-am.

On the 10th hole, his ball whistled by a baby carriage. Mom Katherine DeFreitas of Bluffton laughed about it, saying her 2-year-old son, Rei, was not in the carriage at the time.

On the 12th hole, the senator picked up after banging a shot from the pine straw into a large pine -- to see a video of the shot, click here.

But he came out of the trees saying he felt good about his planned introduction of an immigration bill that he's been working on since 2006.

After rattling off the bill's attributes -- he says it is fair, practical, requires many concessions from immigrants and would help business -- he addressed the politics of it back home.

"I think we've turned a corner in South Carolina. Self-deportation is not a practical solution to the 11 million (illegal residents)."

He said the state mirrors the nation.

"We asked in a poll: Do you want your representatives to basically stay true to conservatism or to the party, or do you want them to work across party lines to solve our problems, and (solving problems was approved by) 80 percent among primary voters," he said.

"I think that most people in America get that we might not be able to solve every problem through the eyes of a Republican or Democratic lens, but I feel good about this immigration bill, and if we get this solved, maybe we can do a budget deal to keep us from becoming Greece."

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