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Nancy Mace’s Fox News Debut

Republican U.S. Senate candidate made her debut on Fox News this week, appearing on “Your World” with Neil Cavuto to discuss her primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. Courtesy of Fox News, below is a transcript of Mace’s interview with Cavuto: NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, is a RINO is in…

Republican U.S. Senate candidate made her debut on Fox News this week, appearing on “Your World” with Neil Cavuto to discuss her primary challenge of U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Courtesy of Fox News, below is a transcript of Mace’s interview with Cavuto:

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Well, is a RINO is in big trouble? I’m not sure South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham would even call himself a Republican in name only, but he is facing a big challenge internally, a fellow Republican who says she has had it with business-as-usual Republicans, so she is challenging one of the Senate’s biggest Republicans. The first woman to graduate from the Citadel now giving Lindsey Graham hell.

Just why is Nancy Mace doing this? Well, let’s ask her. She’s here.

A quick update for you. We did reach out to Senator Graham, who is traveling, so hopefully he will soon be here himself. But back to Ms. Mace, going upstream to challenge the mainstream.

You’re not the first. Obviously, this is a big trend now among a dozen Republicans who are all facing in one way, shape or form intraparty challenges. What’s going on here?

NANCY MACE: Well, thank you, Neil, first of all, for having me on your program this afternoon.

This weekend, I made the announcement that I would run for the United States Senate in South Carolina in my hometown of Goose Creek, and I was honored do it there. The decision to run for the United States Senate is a big one. It’s serious business.

But what I have done over the last couple of weeks and months is talk to people across South Carolina. And I have heard from people around the country about their frustrations. And what I’m hearing from people right now is that they believe Washington is out of touch with everyday Americans.

And they believe that Washington, the elitists in D.C. think that they know better than the people. And so I haven’t lost hope, and I don’t think South Carolinians have, either. And what I have told folks is that the only way to change Washington is to change who you send to Washington.

CAVUTO: Well, let me ask you then. In your role as the first woman graduate of the Citadel, your father a brigadier general, your two brothers West Point graduates, you’re as — you’re as pure military and as heroic in that term as any Republican, certainly any Democrat.

Now, Lindsey Graham is saying that these latest threats to our embassies vindicate the type of programs we have at the NSA and elsewhere to go after bad guys. Do you agree with that?

MACE: Well, I obviously — I’m not privy to all of the intelligence about what is happening overseas right now, but a couple of things.

First off, if American interests and Americans are at threat right now, then we should be doing everything we can to protect our interests and Americans, whether it’s here at home or overseas. But what I…

(CROSSTALK)

CAVUTO: Does that mean the surveillance programs as well that helps track down those threats?

MACE: Well, I haven’t heard yet necessarily that that — that the NSA spying program intercepted the threat that we’re hearing today. I don’t have that intelligence briefing. But what I can tell you is that the entire delegation in South Carolina voted to respect individual liberty when push came to shove last week.

CAVUTO: Do you think that Republicans have a real internal struggle on their hands and that all of these challenges indicate frustration with either RINOs or whatever you want to call them and that it could actually hurt the party in the midterm elections and what could otherwise be Republican gains, let’s say in the Senate, turns out to opportunities missed?

MACE: It’s not a matter of if it will hurt the party in the future. It already has.

We lost in 2012. And some would say we lost because our nominee was too conservative. Well, I would argue we lost because we were not conservative enough and we fractured our party. And what we have to do as Republicans is come together. Every corner of the Republican Party needs to come together. And the one unifying factor that I think we all share is the Constitution.

CAVUTO: Now, do you — Rand Paul was here last week, Nancy, and saying that he differed with the likes of Chris Christie and all of that, there’s a limit to how much you can use 9/11 or protecting American lives under the guise of trampling on their privacy. Where do you stand on that?

MACE: Well, I would agree with that sentiment, as did the rest of the South Carolina delegation last week when they voted on it.

I mean, I don’t know that you can secure our country 100 percent of the time. One of the things that Ronald Reagan said to us when he was president is that freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction, that you must fight for it, that you must defend and that you must protect it by any means necessary.

CAVUTO: All right. That could be interpreted both ways, the Christie way, the Rand Paul way.

MACE: No, but — no, absolutely — no, absolutely, both ways.

CAVUTO: OK.

MACE: But I think we have to be able to secure our country and also protect our liberties.

CAVUTO: OK. Nancy Mace, I’m sure we will be hearing a lot more from you.

Senator Graham, when he returns, we’d love to hear from you as well.

In the meantime, thank you very, very much.

MACE: Thank you, Neil, for having me on.

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18 comments

Reading Comprehension August 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

Can’t be a Reagan Republican and a Ron Paul Republican at the same time. She can’t even enunciate the difference between Christie and Rand Paul on the use of 9/11 to trample civil liberties? Agreeing that her statement could be interpreted both ways – the Paul and Christie ways – which are very different? Looks like an amateur trying to straddle two ideologies who has no clear message but can spout off a lot of cliches. She was never going to win, but now she’s just embarrassing herself.

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Nölff August 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

Yep. If you pander, at least do it right.

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Cicero August 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Man, the flame out is happening FAST. This is the first I’ve actually heard her speak. What content-free, cliched bunch of pap. She couldn’t even come down on the biggest argument GOPers are having now between the Rand-Christie wings of the party. Sweet mother Mary.

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Reading Comprehension August 7, 2013 at 8:12 am

Can’t be a Reagan Republican and a Ron Paul Republican at the same time. She can’t even enunciate the difference between Christie and Rand Paul on the use of 9/11 to trample civil liberties? Agreeing that her statement could be interpreted both ways – the Paul and Christie ways – which are very different? Looks like an amateur trying to straddle two ideologies who has no clear message but can spout off a lot of cliches. She was never going to win, but now she’s just embarrassing herself.

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Nölff August 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

Yep. If you pander, at least do it right.

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Cicero August 8, 2013 at 4:03 pm

Man, the flame out is happening FAST. This is the first I’ve actually heard her speak. What content-free, cliched bunch of pap. She couldn’t even come down on the biggest argument GOPers are having now between the Rand-Christie wings of the party. Sweet mother Mary.

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Lucas August 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

“We’re not conservative enough.” Music to the ears of most of your readers I’m sure. But nutty to me. Let’s have the tea party grind the US government to a complete stop. The challenger to Sen. Mitchell in Kentucky said if his doctor told him he had a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it. Mace seems to be of the same ilk.

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tomstickler August 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

The question remains which election Mitch McConnell loses — the primary to another TPer, or the general to Allison Lundergan Grimes.

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Lucas August 7, 2013 at 9:59 am

“We’re not conservative enough.” Music to the ears of most of your readers I’m sure. But nutty to me. Let’s have the tea party grind the US government to a complete stop. The challenger to Sen. Mitchell in Kentucky said if his doctor told him he had a kidney stone, he’d refuse to pass it. Mace seems to be of the same ilk.

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tomstickler August 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm

The question remains which election Mitch McConnell loses — the primary to another TPer, or the general to Allison Lundergan Grimes.

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Manray9 August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

How is she different from all the other Repubs — pander to “the people” and protect moneyed interests to the last ditch? She wants to line up with Christie and Rand Paul. How will that work out?

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Manray9 August 7, 2013 at 10:43 am

How is she different from all the other Repubs — pander to “the people” and protect moneyed interests to the last ditch? She wants to line up with Christie and Rand Paul. How will that work out?

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Walter-White August 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

She agrees with Rue Paul but calls Graham “Nancy boy”. Agrees with Rue Paul over NSA surveillance but just let the first bomb go off and watch them both cry like the little bitches they are. And remember, she graduated from the Citadel simply because of Dear Ol Dad. Being a pretend soldier in Charleston is not the same as multiple tours down range.

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Walter-White August 8, 2013 at 8:53 am

She agrees with Rue Paul but calls Graham “Nancy boy”. Agrees with Rue Paul over NSA surveillance but just let the first bomb go off and watch them both cry like the little bitches they are. And remember, she graduated from the Citadel simply because of Dear Ol Dad. Being a pretend soldier in Charleston is not the same as multiple tours down range.

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Okay August 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

Well that was awkward.

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Okay August 8, 2013 at 9:14 am

Well that was awkward.

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Ken E. August 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

This comment from Cavuto makes no sense:
“Well, let me ask you then. In your role as the first woman graduate of the Citadel, your father a brigadier general, your two brothers West Point graduates, you’re as — you’re as pure military and as heroic in that term as any Republican, certainly any Democrat.”

What makes her heroic? What her father and brothers accomplished? Makes no sense. Also, the jab at the end, intimating that Democrats can’t be heroic. He either doesn’t know anything, or he’s just an asshole. Never mind. He doesn’t know anything AND he’s an asshole.

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Ken E. August 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

This comment from Cavuto makes no sense:
“Well, let me ask you then. In your role as the first woman graduate of the Citadel, your father a brigadier general, your two brothers West Point graduates, you’re as — you’re as pure military and as heroic in that term as any Republican, certainly any Democrat.”

What makes her heroic? What her father and brothers accomplished? Makes no sense. Also, the jab at the end, intimating that Democrats can’t be heroic. He either doesn’t know anything, or he’s just an asshole. Never mind. He doesn’t know anything AND he’s an asshole.

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