Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham can’t believe he isn’t doing better in the polls.
Discussing the current Republican field of candidates on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Oct. 26, the senior senator from South Carolina expressed dismay over his party’s two front-runners.
“On our side, you’ve got the No. 2 guy tried to kill someone at 14, and the No. 1 guy is high energy and crazy as hell,” Graham said. “How am I losing to these people?”
Graham was likely referring to Ben Carson’s claim that he was violent in his youth.
“As a teenager, I would go after people with rocks, and bricks, and baseball bats, and hammers,” Carson told NBC’s Chuck Todd during a “Meet the Press” interview that aired Oct. 25. “And, of course, many people know the story when I was 14 and I tried to stab someone.”
Graham also suggested that the Trump campaign lacked substance.
“Just look at Donald Trump’s foreign policy,” he said. “What is it? What’s he going to do about ISIL? What is it? What is his game plan to destroy ISIL? Does anybody know?”
Graham’s comments followed the release of a CBS News poll that shows him losing badly in early primary states.
In Iowa, where Trump and Carson are running even at 27 percent support each, Graham logged no support among likely caucus goers.
In New Hampshire, he has 1 percent support, and in his home state of South Carolina he has only 2 percent among likely voters, according to the CBS poll. Trump leads in New Hampshire and South Carolina with 38 percent and 40 percent, respectively.