Lindsey Graham: Caitlyn Jenner Is ‘Welcome In My Party’ (VIDEO)

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June 8, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Presidential contender Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) didn’t shy away on Sunday when asked about Caitlyn Jenner, the former Olympian who announced last week that she had transitioned to a woman.

CNN’s Dana Bash confronted Graham with the words of a local Iowa radio host, who said that Republicans need to stand up for the “basic principles of male and female.”

“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” he said. “I’m into addition.”

“I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life,” Graham added. “I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope he’s — I hope she has found peace.”

Graham said that he is “a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy,” but suggested that he is running to be President of the whole country.

“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,” Graham said.

Bash pushed forward and asked whether Republicans should reach out to transgender people.

“Here’s what I would say to the talk show host: In the eyes of radical Islam, they hate you as much as they hate Caitlyn Jenner,” he said. “We are all in this together.”

Watch the clip, courtesy of CNN:

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