SC political briefs, Sept 4

September 3, 2013 

About 30 people joined the Tea Party Patriots and ForAmerica at the S.C. State House Tuesday where the tea party groups launched a multi-state "Exempt America" from Obamacare tour.

JAMIE SELF/THE STATE

Graham: U.S. needs effective strike in Syria

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that while South Carolinians and the nation are weary of war, the United States must make an effective strike in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people.

“I don’t want an open-ended, unlimited military campaign,” the Republican lawmaker said. “I’m (also) not supporting a ‘check-the-box strike.’ I want a strike that will degrade Assad’s ability to deliver chemical weapons and change the tide of battle.”

Graham and U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., met Monday with President Barrack Obama, who won conditional support from the two for an attack.

Graham said Tuesday the president must lay out a clear case to Congress.

“This is the most illogical military operation I have ever seen – ramping up for war then backing off. Not coming to Congress, then coming to Congress without telling the American people is just bizarre, but we are where we are,” said Graham, who expects a vote next week on military options.

“The president of the United States has to tell us that Syria is a place we should care about,” Graham said. “If you’re wondering here in South Carolina why Syria matters, I can tell you very quickly. If the Iranians believe we don’t have the willingness and resolve to deal with Assad when he uses chemical weapons, they are going to take it as a sign we don’t care about their nuclear program.”

Graham said nuclear and chemical weapon technologies are nightmares in the hands of terrorists.

“My biggest fear is the technology developed by the Iranians could wind up in the hands of a terrorist and then it comes to Charleston Harbor or New York Harbor,” he said.

The Associated Press

Tea Party groups launch anti-Obamacare tour in Columbia

Two Tea Party organizations launched a multi-state tour to “Exempt America” from the federal health care law in Columbia Tuesday.

Representatives from the Georgia-based Tea Party Patriots, a national network of Tea Party organizations, and Virginia-based ForAmerica, joined representatives from Tea Party groups from Myrtle Beach, Laurens County and Columbia in a news conference on the State House steps.

The speakers criticized the federal health care law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, and called on listeners to urge Congress to eliminate funding for the program, which the federal government is in the process of phasing in. About 30 people attended the news conference.

An organizer said the groups plan to hold similar conferences in eight or nine states before Congress returns to Washington next week.

Jamie Self

Governor’s schedule and activities

Gov. Nikki Haley’s schedule for the remainder of this week, released Monday by her office, is:

Thursday, 6 p.m. – Speak at a program recognizing Colonial Trust Co.’s 100th anniversary, Greer

Friday, 10:30 a.m. – Join the United Way in recognizing the Suicide Prevention LifeLine, State House

According to her office, Haley’s schedule last week included:

8 – Economic-development calls or meetings

2 – Activities concerning education, a meeting with business leaders to discuss education reform and a visit to Estill Elementary School

1 – Activity for the governor’s charity, a ribbon-cutting for the Original Six Foundation’s electronic digital billboard in Allendale

Busiest day – Thursday, with five activities

Slowest days – Wednesday and Friday, with three activities each

Of note – Haley’s schedule included no activities for Monday or Tuesday; also, the governor did not go to her office those days or Friday, according to her schedule

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