On Meet the Press, Sen. Lindsey Graham joined the growing list of Republicans critical of Mitt Romney‘s remark about President Barack Obama winning the election due to the “gifts” he gave to key demographic groups. When you’re in a hole, “stop digging,” Graham advised.
“We’re in a big hole,” Graham said. “We’re not getting out of it by comments like that. When you’re in a hole, stop digging. He keeps digging.”
The senator went on to comment on the GOP’s struggle with Hispanic voters — 70 percent of whom voted for the president. It’s not that Hispanics are happy with Obama, he said, but he’s the “lesser of two evils.” Alluding to the party’s harmful rhetoric on the topic of immigration, he particularly highlighted Romney’s comments about “self-deportation.”
“We’re in a death spiral with Hispanic voters because of rhetoric around immigration,” he said. “Candidate Romney, in the primary, dug the hole deeper.”
“Rhetoric like this keeps digging a hole for the Republican Party,” Graham added. “And if we don’t stop digging, we’re never going to get out of it.”
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