Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), went on to CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday and said that if Republicans don’t get the tax reform passed in the Senate then “we’re dead,” reports Axios.
Graham spoke on a number of issues on CBS but he went into more depth about what the overall problem has been with getting the tax reform passed and it has to do with a number of other issues, like repealing Obamacare, and the upcoming midterm elections in 2018.
“‘If we don’t cut taxes and we don’t eventually repeal and replace Obamacare, then we’re going to lose across the board in the House in 2018. And all of my colleagues running in primaries in 2018 will probably get beat,’ reports CBS.”
Graham also spoke on what Steve Bannon has been saying about Republicans and how they cannot seem to come together enough to get things like the healthcare bill and tax reform passed, and if House Republicans don’t then it may be the end of Mitch McConnell’s rain has House majority leader.
“‘It will be the end of Mitch McConnell as we know it. So this is a symptom of a greater problem. If we do cut taxes and we do repeal and replace Obamacare, it doesn’t matter what Bannon do because we’ll win,’ reports CBS.”
Republicans are in a tight position before midterm elections in 2018, because if Republicans can’t show voters that they can and will get things done by the end of President Trump’s first term, then they may not be able to keep the majority in both Houses of government.
John Dickerson, the host for “Face the Nation,” asked if Graham supports what Bannon has said that Republicans “should go to war against Mitch McConnell,” and that should be the connecting force between Republicans.
“‘Mitch McConnell’s not our problem. Our problem is that we promised to repeal and replace Obamacare, and we failed. We promised to cut taxes and we have yet to do it. If we’re successful, Mitch McConnell’s fine. If we’re not, we’re all in trouble. We lose our majority and I think President Trump will not get reelected.,’ Graham said.”
Dickerson went on again to ask if Steve Bannon is really the hindering factor for Republicans in trying to get things passed in the Senate, but Graham stated again that Bannon is simple just a “symptom of a problem.”
“Bannon can’t beat us if we’re successful. And if we’re not successful, it doesn’t matter who tries to beat us, they’ll be successful,” said Graham.