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January 23, 2014

ELECTION 2014: SC GOP chief - Lindsey Graham is conservative by 'traditional definition'

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S.C. GOP party chairman Matt Moore told MSNBC's Chuck Todd on Thursday quickly that he's intrigued by the potential of a 2016 national convention in Las Vegas.

But Moore needed three tries in answering Todd's questions if U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, was electable and conservative enough for South Carolina voters.

The state party is not picking favorite among five candidates running in June.

"I think he's a great candidate," Moore said as Todd tried to pin him down on Graham.

Asked if South Carolina's senior senator is a conservative, Moore offered: "Graham is a conservative by the traditional definition. He believes in balanced budgets and America's power in the world and position in the world."

S.C. GOP chairman Matt Moore on MSNBC (Go to the 12:00 mark)

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