SOUTH CAROLINA – With his sights set squarely on Lindsey Graham as well as the Washington establishment Republicans and the liberal Democrats to whom Graham defers, state Senator Lee Bright officially joined the 2014 race for the U.S. Senate during a tele-town hall with conservative Republicans, including some Liberty and Tea Party activists.

Bright contrasted his voting record and values to those of Graham’s with supporters and media members across South Carolina on the call, and also across the nation with numerous interviews, including an energetic and wide ranging chat with talk show host Glenn Beck shortly after the official announcement. Immediately after the interview, Beck and his co-host compared Senator Bright to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz from Texas.

“I have looked at the record of Senator Graham, and it’s time for a change” said Bright on the tele-town hall conference. “During this recess, when I would hope that he would be around the folks in South Carolina, he has instead chosen to use his time being a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood. He spends his time in Egypt worrying about what is going on inside Egyptian borders instead of worrying about protecting our southern border.”

The Upstate Senator continued his jab at Graham on immigration, pointing out that “(Graham) has leaned on the side of amnesty, and worked with folks who want a permanent underclass who vote Democrat. He actually takes the advice from Democrats on how to win Republican elections.”

Bright went on to touch on many other areas where Graham has double crossed conservatives, saying that “he has supported liberal justices like Sotomayor and Kagan…who are absorbed with what is going on in the world courts. And when the Second Amendment was under attack from the current regime, he made the comment that the Second Amendment was only for reasonable people for reasonable purposes.”

Bright corrected the senior Senator on the Second Amendment, observing that Graham’s definition is “not what the 2nd Amendment is about. It’s about protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government. Throughout history, governments have been more dangerous to liberty than anything else.”

Bright will continue media appearances on cable, local television and talk radio today and tomorrow, and will announce his travel schedule soon. He stressed that Graham’s war chest of cash does not intimidate him, focusing instead on his message, his volunteers and the grassroots. “What is done by our volunteers on this campaign is going to have a direct impact on the future of our country. We don’t need to match Graham’s outside money, we just need enough to get our message out.”


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