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Graham cuts loose, calls Clinton 'blind and deaf,' Hagel 'unqualified'

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Sen. Lindsey Graham has never pulled punches when it comes to criticizing the Obama administration, but the conservative South Carolina lawmaker’s rhetoric has been especially biting in recent weeks.

On Sunday, Mr. Graham called the administration’s nominee for defense secretary, former Sen. Chuck Hagel, “unqualified” and “radical,” and then took a shot at former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, calling her “blind and deaf” when it came to last year’s Sept. 11 Benghazi terror attack that left four Americans dead.

“When Secretary Clinton said she had a clear-eyed view of the threats we faced in Libya … she was not clear-eyed, she was blind and deaf,” Mr. Graham, a Republican, said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

Mr. Graham defended his and other Republicans’ continued opposition to Mr. Hagel.

“I think we’re doing our job to scrutinize one of the most unqualified, radical choices for secretary of defense in a long time,” he said.

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David Eldridge

David Eldridge

David Eldridge joined The Washington Times in 1999 and over the next seven years helped lead the paper's coverage of regional politics and government, Sept. 11, and the sniper attacks of 2002. In 2006, he was named managing editor of the paper's website. He came to The Times from the Telegraph in North Platte, Neb., where he served as executive ...

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