Sen. Graham Lists African American Population Among Problems Facing South Carolina

December 20, 2009 4:36 pm ET — Media Matters Action Network

Today on the Senate floor, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) criticized the extra Medicaid funding for Nebraska in the health care bill by noting that his home state is also facing problems.  In addition to high unemployment, Graham inexplicably mentioned that South Carolina has a "31 percent African American population." Watch it:


GRAHAM: If you don't live in Nebraska, here's what's coming your way.  Your state is gonna be required to cover more people under Medicaid because the eligibility, I think, goes up to 133% above poverty, which is an increase over the current system.  So throughout the nation, there are gonna be thousands of more people enrolled in Medicaid.  And every state except one is gonna have to come up with matching money.  I have 12 percent unemployment in South Carolina.  My state is on its knees.  I have 31 percent African American population in South Carolina.  How did they get the 60th vote? It was the weekend before Christmas and they were one vote short.  Well, here's what they did to get that one vote...