EDISTO, S.C. – Lowcountry businessman and independent U.S. Senate candidate Thomas Ravenel issued the following statement today regarding polling data released by The (Charleston, S.C.) Post and Courier  and several television stations.

“Like John Paul Jones said, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,'” Ravenel said. “I’m at ten percent and haven’t spent a dime getting my message out. By contrast Lindsey Graham has spent $5 million getting his message out in the last few months and his approval rating is only 39 percent. Meanwhile 44 percent disapprove of his performance – a number that’s only going to climb as people start realizing that he’s serving Washington’s interests, not their interests. No one has ever seriously challenged him – he’s never had to defend his votes for unnecessary wars, unnecessary government, anti-competitive tax hikes or liberal Supreme Court justices. I’m not only going to hold him accountable for those votes – I’m going to offer people a competing vision for the direction of this country. They don’t have to choose between the warfare state or the welfare state anymore. My campaign is going to give them a real choice.”

Ravenel reiterated he is willing to spend “whatever it takes” to highlight the contrast between Graham’s left-leaning record and his own conservative policies.

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