COLUMBIA -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, spoke at the grand opening of his Columbia campaign office Wednesday.
In his third term, Graham said he will continue to fight the Affordable Care Act, support the military, and said he has a conservative record "that I'm proud of."
On Obamacare, Graham said, "We're going to make sure that our Democratic colleagues understand they made a mistake and we're going to reach out to them to find a better way.
"When it comes to energy independence, we're going to stop talking about it, and actually do it," he said.
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Graham, who faces five GOP challengers in June's primary, ended his comments to supporters, who gathered at his Colonial Life Blvd. office, referring generally to his detractors, who have criticized him for his willingness to work across the aisle.
"Conservatism is a way to govern, but you have to govern," he said. "The decisions I make will be what I think will be best for all of us....I will listen to anybody, but I'm not going to be told what to do in this job by people who want it their way exclusively. This is about governing the state and the nation."
Graham also is hosting a barbecue for supporters at 6 p.m. tonight in Gilbert at Harmon's Tree Farm.