For all his hard-charging anti-Islamic State rhetoric of late, Lindsey Graham is a legitimately funny person—compared, at least, with the rest of the 2016 crowd. Earlier this summer, he made a well-received video with IJReview in which he destroyed a cell phone in numerous, comically violent ways (in response to Donald Trump broadcasting Graham’s phone number during a speech). And he’s been known to make jokes on the campaign trail.
In addition to digging into his policy chops and his Senate experience, Graham was able to differentiate himself in Wednesday’s early, lower-tier debate with a long series of one-liners. The humor might've worked to intrigue voters: According to Google data, he was the most-searched GOP candidate by far during the debate. We kept track of some of the lighter moments he brought to the stage. Spoiler: He plans on bringing some serious drinking back to the Oval Office.
In poking fun at his own thick south-of-the-Mason-Dixon accent in his opening statement: “I'm Lindsey Graham from South Carolina, in case you can't tell.”
In arguing that he’s been “trying to solve” the problem of illegal immigration for years: “We’re not going to deport 11 million people here illegally, but we’ll start with felons and off they go. As to the rest, you can stay but you’ve got to learn our language. I don’t speak it very well, but look how far I’ve come.”