“If not now, when? If not me, who?” Sen. Lindsey Graham told Fox News host Jesse Watters.
Fox News host Jesse Watters confronted Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) “terrible timing’ after the senator announced a bill restricting abortion the day August’s soaring inflation numbers were released.
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Before introducing Graham, the “Jesse Watters Primetime” host said, “What were the Republicans doing? On the day inflation roared back, and the market crashed, I thought I’d see Republican senators holding press conferences in front of grocery stores and gas stations, you know, promising to bring prices down if you put them back in charge.”
“But that’s not what happened,” Watters continued. “Instead, Lindsey Graham called a press conference to propose a nationwide abortion ban.”
If passed, Graham’s bill known as the Protecting Pain-Capable Unborn Children from Late-Term Abortions Act would restrict abortion at the federal level, making it illegal to abort a baby before 15 weeks gestation, unless the life of the mother was at risk.
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While most conservatives agree with the contents of Graham’s bill, many have questioned its timing right before the midterms and raised concerns that it will energize the Democrat base.
Watters and other conservatives are concerned the timing of this bill will allow Democrats to deflect from their own economic failings.
Additionally, in a Democrat-controlled congress, the bill has little chance of passing, which could change after the midterm elections.
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Graham dodged the question and instead said, “There’s no bad time to defend the unborn.”
“So if you expect me to sit on the sidelines and watch the Democratic party try to pass the most radical abortion law in the history of the country, you’re talking to the wrong guy.”
Fox News host @JesseBWatters did a great job here confronting Sen. Lindsey Graham on the strategy and timing of proposing a nationwide abortion ban with Democrats on their heels about inflation and virtually every other issue. 👇— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) September 15, 2022
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“No one is saying you need to sit on the sidelines, but yesterday wasn’t the day to do that,” Watters snapped back.
“Yesterday was the day they lost all momentum when this inflation thing punched them right in the face, and you gave them an out. A lot of people don’t like that. You could have done it on any other day, just like you could have delayed the whole press conference,” Watters added.
Graham continued to defend the timing of his bill saying, “If not now, when? If not me, who?”
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The senator added that Republicans will “win this issue because we’re right.”
“Timing is off and timing is everything. I’m just talking raw politics, brass tacks,” Watters said as he concluded the segment.