John McCain Challenged To U.S. Senate Debate … In South Carolina

LIBERAL “REPUBLICAN” URGED TO STAND IN FOR DEBATE-DODGING LINDSEY GRAHAM IN PALMETTO STATE U.S. Sen. John McCain doesn’t face voters again until 2016 … but he’s already being challenged to a U.S. Senate debate by a more conservative opponent. So … is somebody getting a super-early head start on their…


U.S. Sen. John McCain doesn’t face voters again until 2016 … but he’s already being challenged to a U.S. Senate debate by a more conservative opponent.

So … is somebody getting a super-early head start on their GOP primary campaign?

No … McCain has been challenged to a debate in early-voting South Carolina, where his longtime ally U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is ducking a debate challenge issued by his independent conservative rival, Thomas Ravenel.

After Graham refused to respond to Ravenel’s challenge for a series of town hall debates in which individual South Carolinians posed questions to candidates, Ravenel decided to take his challenge straight to McCain.

“The puppet is too afraid to debate me so I might as well start challenging his puppet masters – beginning with John McCain,” Ravenel said.  “The people of South Carolina deserve a series of real debates in which their concerns are heard and their questions are asked and answered by the candidates.  If Lindsey Graham is too afraid to defend his views in such a forum – then I’m going to start challenging the powerful interests that are pulling his strings in Washington D.C.”

McCain and Graham are among the U.S. Senate’s most strident defenders of the American military-industrial complex – a costly special interest Ravenel has targeted in the past.  Graham in particular has taken his advocacy on behalf of this establishment icon to borderline ridiculous extremes.

In addition to targeting Graham’s “puppet masters,” Ravenel has wrapped his challenge in an “us versus them” cloak – seeking to position Graham as out of touch and unsympathetic to the plight of his constituents.

“Lindsey Graham has time to meet with Barack Obama nineteen times, to appear on all the Sunday morning talk shows and to fearmonger through the media – but apparently he doesn’t have the time to hear the concerns and face the criticisms of hard-working South Carolinians,” Ravenel said.  “That’s his prerogative, but by refusing to participate in these debates Lindsey Graham is telling South Carolinians that they aren’t worth his time.   He’s also telling them what many of them already know – that his abysmal record of wasting our tax dollars, attacking our liberties and unnecessarily harming our friends and loved ones in the military is indefensible.“

“If he won’t defend that record, maybe John McCain will,” Ravenel added.

That sound you hear?  It’s a gauntlet being dropped …

Will Graham or McCain pick it up?

Ravenel also said that the longer Graham refuses to debate, “the more I will expose him as being beholden to Washington’s special interests.”

“If Lindsey Graham thinks he can run out the clock on this election, he’s got another thing coming,” Ravenel said.  “I’m not just going to shame him, I’m going to shame the interests subsidizing his ongoing betrayal of our state and its people.”

We’ll be sure to let you know if McCain takes Ravenel up on the invite …

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Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 11:39 am

T-Rav , like BFF Tom Ervin, is pro-abortion and pro STATE SANCTIONED gay marriage.
How can FITS say T-Rav is more ‘conservative’ than McCain?

CorruptionInColumbia August 5, 2014 at 11:47 am

How about equating conservativism with liberty, rather than prying into peoples’ bodies and bedrooms? I am more interested in liberty for American citizens than in trying to dictate what they do in their bedrooms, with whom, and what they do with their bodies.

The more I see about T-Rav on here, the more I am convinced he will get my vote. Yeah, he’s a convicted felon, so fucking what? He did his “time” as it were. Lindsey remains uncharged and unconvicted, yet seems to be engaged in crimes against the people on an almost daily basis. It’s time for a change. Vote T-Rav in and if he is a screwup, vote him out in six years. With Lindsey, any idiot should be able to see we will only get more of the same, or worse.

CNSYD August 5, 2014 at 11:53 am

All officials who are “uncharged and unconvicted” are really criminals. That about right? Of course you use “seems to be”. That would work really well in court.

CorruptionInColumbia August 5, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I’m not a solicitor, taking a case to court for trail. I am a voter. If it looks like shit, smells like shit, it probably is shit. I don’t need to take it a step further and taste it to see if it tastes like shit too.

The shit (Lindsey) will not get my vote.

SCBlues August 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm

“Vote T-Rav in and if he is a screwup, vote him out in six years”
I’m with you, CIC! The man served his time and paid dearly for his mistakes – give the guy a chance! What all the hate??

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Liberty? Liberty is defined as a mother having the legal right to kill her own child? Liberty is defined as the state sanctioning perverted lifestyles and gay marriage to be the ‘norm’ in our society (while destroying the Judeo Christian traditions and order this nation was founded on) and using taxpayer$$$’s to allow the state controlled public schools to brainwash our children and grandchildren to accept such deviancy as THE ‘norm’.
This nation has lost its moral compass and why we elect such piss poor representatives to serve us.
I do agree with your argument for T-Rav as a candidate. I would for Graham because he is pro-life however T-Rav has indeed done his ‘time’ and I respect the fact he wants to try and make a difference in his community/state.

Anybody But Longface August 5, 2014 at 12:26 pm

America is not a church, Dipshit.

easterndumbfuckastan August 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Liberty: In politics, liberty is freedom from government coercion. In other words keep the government out of peoples lives. If you want people to obey your moral code get out their and win souls and let them do it of their own free will. Stop trying to legislate morality. Legislating morality NEVER WORKS!

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

The ‘devaluing’ of human life has eatin a hole in the very ‘soul’ of this nation.
Former Surgeon General C.Everette Koop wrote a book called ‘Whatever Happened To The Human Race’. He predicted the ‘slippery slope’ of abortion , infanticide (partial-birth abortion) and euthanasia (ACA-Death Panels).
Mother Teresa said ‘if a mother can kill her own child , what can be next’ ???
Yes indeed. A group of voters like yourself with NO ‘moral code’.

easterndumbfuckastan August 5, 2014 at 12:55 pm

You’re putting words in my comments, but religion has no place in politics. It’s a proven point that legislating morality doesn’t work. It’s never made an ounce of difference. Abortion was illegal so their were back alley coat hanger abortions. Alcohol was illegal so their were moonshiners and speakeasies. Marijuana is illegal but you can buy it easier than you can buy a gun. Gay marriage is illegal but Reformation Lutheran on River Drive will perform a marriage ceremony right now for a same sex couple.

Win souls don’t force morality at the point of a gun.

In Christ’s own words: Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and unto God the things that are God’s.

easterndumbfuckastan August 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

Conservatism in the Republican party went in to a deep coma the day Barry Goldwater lost the presidential election and the Nixonites took over. Reagan got it back off life support only to have it killed for good with Daddy Bush and his alliance with the Christian Collation, Focus on The Family, etc. (Nothing against religion I just don’t like it in my politics, just like I like orange juice but not in my corn flakes).

The alliances with these groups and the fundamentalist evangelical denominations have made the Republican party the party of social conservatism, fiscal liberalism which is basically defined as compassionate conservatism.

These Christian Conservatives(TM) usually only care about two issues and they are no gay marriage, and no abortion though neither of these issues actually affect them. Their new crusade is we have to feed, clothe and house the urchins crossing our border in droves. They don’t care about enhancing freedom, reducing debt, or improving the country.

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 12:34 pm

You are not very smart. The Moral Majority (Falwell and Reed) elected Ronald Reagan. 2x’s.

easterndumbfuckastan August 5, 2014 at 12:36 pm

That’s true but Reagan ignored them on almost every policy decision save for abortion.

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Hillarious. Sandi is at a loss for words with that delusional comment. :-)

Rakkasan August 5, 2014 at 3:31 pm

How about equating conservatism with doing nothing constructive and whining and saying no to everything. You bring nothing; no got nothing; you are nothing.

Anybody But Longface August 5, 2014 at 12:24 pm

After November it would appear you’ll have nothing to rant about.

Anybody But Longface August 5, 2014 at 12:30 pm

Lunch break is now over. You and Tango/you too, Emily, enjoy you’re unemployment/retirement. Lol.

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 12:31 pm

In the past several days I have commented on Israel , Russia , education , climate change , USC football ect….
I know you socialists want FITS to be about Haley 24/7 and God forbid if you mention one of her socialist opponents however I am very diverse in my interests and will continue to have much to say until Obama gets us nuked. :-)

Smirks August 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Taking on more of a personality so the paid shill part isn’t as noticeable?

Rakkasan August 5, 2014 at 3:26 pm

You wouldn’t know a real socialist if a real one tea bagged your face.

Sandi Morals August 5, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Sure I would. Will Folks called SMIRKS a socialist. Will is generally correct on most things.

Torch August 6, 2014 at 9:07 am

And you’re delusional on most things.

Philip Branton August 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm

Counter flank counter….101, 601, 901….

Timing and fuel tanker border picture….400 degrees of “connection”…

Philip Branton August 5, 2014 at 1:01 pm

Dear Tom Davis….( Or Catherine Ceips…)

We wonder if….IF……John McCain does not debate Thomas Ravenel if either one of YOU would stand in for a “Republican” target..?

How would either one of you leverage a Port Royal Port transaction to garner campaign donations…?

Maybe Wallace Scarborough can be a “questioning” moderator for this debate..!?

How would the Graham Campaign and Clyburn Campaign counter..!?

Boomerang 101, 404, 901,,,,,,Tim Scott su-flex…

I Want Cokehead Not Fuck Head August 5, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Brilliant move by TRav.
Grahamnesty would be destroyed in no time. Grahamnesty will hold out till 3 weeks before the elections – and will want to debate while Monday night football is aired.

I Want Cokehead Not Fuck Head August 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Look at all the dirt on Graham before the days of the internet …. hmmmmm …. And that Graham campaign ad with his sister … THAT was a total JOKE! All made up …. Check the history …. GRAHAM caught LYING AGAIN! AND HIS SISTER LIES TO HELP HIM!

Graham Cuddles Ebola Illegals August 5, 2014 at 1:14 pm

This one will get nation attention, for sure.

Mark J August 5, 2014 at 1:16 pm

McCain won’t debate him or anyone else for that matter. Why put himself in a position to look like and idiot when he doesn’t have to. Of course, now that I think about it, that has never stopped him before.

Bless Your Heart August 5, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Stick with doing what you do best; smoking home grown.

Mark J August 15, 2014 at 8:02 am

No home grown here. Just an occasional gin and tonic. :)

GrandTango August 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Censorship anybody?

Smirks August 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Moronic and cringe-worthy. Sounds like T-Rav is getting his campaign advice on the cheap.

CNSYD August 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

His advice is from Sic Willie, so what did you expect? T-Rav said he hadn’t spent a dime on his campaign.

The Castro August 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm

All T-Rav has to do to get Lindsey to attend the debate is wear his tight white pants and hold it at PT’s 1109.

Graham is Abnormal August 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm

Graham lives in denial. He has never been married. He is not a father – has no children. Has no real family values. Likely does freaky sexual things in his home and elsewhere. He is, in fact, a strange and odd person. Why is he not attracted to women? Why does he buddy up so much with just men? Seems to me Graham has serious psychosis. There is every reason to dig in his trash can. What does the CIA have on him? He sure pushed government spying on everyone else, until he learned the CIA had hacked his computer – read and copied all of his emails – recorded all of this phone calls … and track him every where he went. Then he went ballistic. Yeah … his dirty nasty secrets are known by Obama.

Cecil August 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Graham is used to dealing with these kinds of rumors and they don’t appear to bother him.

Rocky August 5, 2014 at 4:02 pm

COme on T-Rav – that all you got – pickin’ on an old man. Heck, he probably can’t remember most stuff anymore. Go get into a debate with Nikki – that would be good. She’d be lost – just lookin’ at the Rav Man – getting all hot and wet.

AZ WI August 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

McCain is too old, dumb, and senile to debate anybody

Cecil August 6, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Watching him on the senate floor nearly everyday when the senate is in session. I disagree. I might agree with you if you just said you disliked him, but your comment is not relevant.

AZ WI August 6, 2014 at 7:25 pm

All he does is complaining about not sending troops, wars, bombings, invasion and killings. He became a joke now with his content complaining. If McCain had a bad case constipation or in is very advance years loses control wit his bowls he’d blame Obama. The man has lost all his credibility

Cecil August 6, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Now that’s more like it, AZWI

Just Saying... August 5, 2014 at 5:04 pm

I’m not a huge fan of Graham, but last time I checked, an independent candidate that isn’t even polling above 10 % doesn’t call the shots in the election…

AZ WI August 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

All that can be said about about John McCain, is that he’s a pathological and compulsive liar that tells one blatant lie after another. Plus he’s a dangerous war loving, war crazy war thirty warmongering madman. To think that Graham is a McCain puppet is awful!

Mike at the Beach August 6, 2014 at 12:17 am

Man…the smell of desperation permeates the TR campaign already, and we’re barely into August. Can you imagine the nonsense they’ll come up with to get attention as the weeks roll on?

Graham Sized Up = ZERO August 6, 2014 at 5:36 am

Ms. Lindsey is chicken shit. There is not much at all to be used on Ravenel. But tons to bulldoze Graham with.
Lindsey is pathetic. Lindsey is easy to rattle. Lindsey is very thinned skinned. Lindsey has anger issues. Easy to make him lose it. Very EASY, indeed.

Cecil August 6, 2014 at 2:25 pm

It would be a waste of time to debate a candidate who has only a remote chance of winning. What does the guy have to offer the public better than bashing Graham?

Deo Vindice SC August 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Where is the local republican coke orgy ?


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