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Graham: McCain Veering Right So He Can Get Re-Elected


On another subject, Graham talked about the theatrical elements of politics, in which Senators and other political figures of opposite parties will privately work together while vigorously attacking each other in public. He credited the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) as a skilled practitioner of this -- and President Obama, too. "The president has said very nice things about me off the record to other reporters," said Graham.

Graham also commented on the Nevada Senate race, making it clear that he's much different from candidates like Sharron Angle. "If you look at the Republicans who are likely to come into the Senate in 2010, they're gonna be more like me, not less like me," Graham said. But he quickly caught himself and added: "Now, this lady from Nevada? Probably not."

And Graham also laughed off the rumors that he is gay, as when a Tea Party activist in his native South Carolina publicly accused Graham of working with Democrats on immigration because he was afraid of being outed. "Like maybe I'm having a clandestine affair with Ricky Martin," he said. "I know it's really gonna upset a lot of gay men -- I'm sure hundreds of 'em are gonna be jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge -- but I ain't available. I ain't gay. Sorry."