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Sen. Lindsey Graham On NBC: GOP In ‘Demographic Death Spiral,’ Must Pass Immigration Reform

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham told David Gregory on Meet the Press Sunday morning that any talk of GOP candidates for the 2016 presidential race was moot if the party didn’t improve its electoral chances by passing the Gang of Eight’s overhaul of the immigration system.

“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.”

Which isn’t to say Graham doesn’t have a favorite candidate.

“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.”

Watch the clip here, via NBC News:


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