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John Boehner, Eric Cantor Support Military Strikes Against Syria: VIDEO

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GOP House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are getting behind President Obama's plan for military strikes against Syria, following a White House meeting on Tuesday.

Said Boehner outside the White House: "I appreciate the president reaching out to me and my colleagues in the Congress over the last couple of weeks. I also appreciate the president asking the Congress to support him in this action...I am going to support the president's call for action,” he told reporters. I believe my colleagues should support this call for action."

Said Cantor in a statement following Boehner's press conference: "I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria. While the authorizing language will likely change, the underlying reality will not. America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States."

Senators Lindsey Graham and John McCain have also thrown their support behind military action:

McCain said U.S. credibility would be "shredded" internationally if Congress thwarts a president after he has already committed to military action.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who also took part in the meeting, said he and McCain would like to see a more sustained military effort but that he intended to support the authorization plan that emerges.

Graham said "a pretty solid plan" was emerging from the administration "upgrade the opposition" and to "degrade" Assad's regime. "We don't want endless war... We want sustainable security. And Syria is a cancer that's growing in the region."

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Republican Party In 'Demographic Death Spiral,' Says GOP Senator Lindsey Graham: VIDEO

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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is the latest in an ever-lengthening string of GOP spokespeople concerned about the state of their party, a string which includes Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly. Graham appeared on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday and spoke with David Gregory about the state of the 2016 presidential race. Mediaite reports:

“If we don’t pass immigration reform,” Graham said, “if we don’t get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn’t matter who you run in 2016. We’re in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way to get back in the good graces with the Hispanic community, in my view, is to pass comprehensive immigration reform. If you don’t do that, it really doesn’t matter who run in my view.”

The GOP is not, however, dead in the water. Graham still believes a Republican candidate has a chance after Obama's two-term tenure.  

“I would suggest a guy like Jeb Bush would have a really good chance in 2016,” Graham said. “A former governor or a governor. But you got Marco, you got Paul Ryan. The good news is we have a deep bench, and after eight years of President Obama’s economic policies—and, quite frankly foreign policy—people are going to be looking around.”

Though certain members of the GOP maintain that the Republican party upholds traditional Constitutional values (think: Michele Bachmann), whatever that may mean, the importance of those values appear to be dwindling. What statements like Graham's lay bare is the necessity for change and evolution, particularly in capturing the support of minority populations, a feat which Mitt Romney was unable to pull off. We will have to wait until 2016 to find out if the GOP can make such changes.  

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Gay GOProud Board Member to Challenge Lindsey Graham?

Bruce Carroll, who blogs at the conservative site GayPatriot, says he's exploring a primary challenge to Senator Lindsey Graham, the National Review reports

CarrollIf Carroll goes forward with this, he will have to complete a Statement of Intention of Candidacy (SIC) form with the state GOP and a Statement of Economic Interest (SEI) form with the State Ethics Commission. The filing period does not begin until March 16, 2014, and closes March 30.

He will have to submit a filing fee of 1 percent of the annual salary of the office multiplied by the number of years in the term of office (or $100, whichever is greater). This year the salary for a U.S. senator is $174,000, so if it remains the same for 2014, the filing fee will be $10,440.

(via jmg)


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Lindsey Graham, Joe Lieberman, and John McCain Sound Off on Same-Sex Marriage: VIDEO

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Senators John McCain, Joe Lieberman, and Lindsey Graham appeared were interviewed by Piers Morgan last night about the right of gay people to marry.

After comparing same-sex marriage to polygamy, Graham compared the marriage equality debate to the civil war:

Can — can I suggest this? Slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. Go watch “Lincoln,” a great movie. The people decided. The question for us is who should decide these things? Should it be a handful of judges or should it be the people themselves? And I come out on the side of the people themselves. Different people will look at it differently. But slavery was outlawed by a Constitutional amendment. If you want to propose a Constitutional amendment legalizing same-sex marriage and it passes, that’s the law of the land.

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