Lindsey Graham predicts GOP will lose White House bid unless it embraces immigration reform

Because there’s no one better to journey across that Long Bridge of Divisiveness to reach the Promised Land of Unity, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is goading the 2016 GOP presidential field, as well as Republican lawmakers, to embrace immigration reform.

“If I were the president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” Graham told USA Today.

“You would have a long, hard path to citizenship … but I want to create that path because I don’t like the idea of millions of people living in America for the rest of their lives being the hired help. That’s not who we are.”

The GOP has a serious image problem with Hispanics and voters of other racial minorities, Graham said, insinuating that he’s the Republican Party’s best man to mend the perception of strained relations.

Graham himself continues to all but promise he’ll be running for president in 2016. If he does, he’ll have a national platform to conduct his racial outreach project. When asked whether the law-and-order wing of the GOP has a hope of winning the White House unless it goes along with some plan to provide illegals a pathway to citizenship, he was blunt.

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