Lindsey Graham: Obama is not ‘a socialist,’ he’s ‘an American liberal.’

On Meet The Press yesterday, host David Gregory repeatedly pressed House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) on whether he believed “the President is a socialist.” After trying to dodge the question, Boehner eventually blurted out, “No!” On the same day, another prominent Republican also pushed back against the ridiculous claims of socialism being forwarded by people like RNC Chairman Michael Steele. In an interview with The Greenville News yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he “would say no” if someone asked him if Obama was a socialist:

Graham was quick to debunk accusations from some people that Obama is a socialist and not a U.S. citizen.

He saw the question coming a few words into it and responded: “If you asked me if the president of the United States is a socialist, I would say no. I think he’s an American liberal, that’s what I think he is. You know, Ted Kennedy was an American liberal, but we found ways to work together.” […]

“I am not going to give into sentiments that I think degrade the office of the president and that degrade the debate and the culture of our country,” he said. “So if you come up to me calling the president a socialist, a Muslim, you’re talking to the wrong guy.”