Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has not yet been officially declared the winner of the 2020 election, but lawmakers are already planning on Biden becoming the 46th president.
On Friday, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, committed himself to holding fair hearings for whomever Biden nominates to fill his presidential cabinet, according to reporting from The Hill.
“I ran on two things, that I will be a reliable vote to stop the most radical agenda being pushed by [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and others in the history of the United States,” Graham said on a Zoom call with reporters. “I also talked about openly in my campaign at all the debates about [how] I have reached across the aisle and will continue to do so.”
Graham promised to find “common ground” with Biden and the Democrats, who still have a shot at taking control of the Senate (or it may be 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris casting tie-breaking votes).
“When it comes to finding common ground, I will do that. The vice president deserves a cabinet. I will give him my input about who I could vote for as secretary of state, attorney general,” he said. “I recognize that he won, he deserves a cabinet. There may be some people that I just can’t vote for because I think they’re unqualified for too extreme.”
Graham noted that he is “not conceding” that Biden is “going to win, and that he thinks President Donald Trump could pull ahead in Arizona.
“If Trump comes back in Arizona, and he actually takes Arizona, this is going to be one hell of a fight,” Graham said.
“If at the end of the day he falls short in Arizona, I think most people trust Arizona to have done it right. Republicans trust [Arizona] Governor [Doug] Ducey (R). The trend seems to be that Trump actually could win Arizona.”
The latest vote tallies suggest Biden will win the state and its 11 Electoral College votes.
Graham also said he hopes that bipartisan common ground can be reached on issues such as immigration.
“If Biden wins,” Graham added, “he’s got to make a decision about what kind of president he wants to be. Does he want to be more like Obama who rammed through ObamaCare and a stimulus package that was very partisan or does he want to sit down with people like [Senate Majority Leader] Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and others and me and see if he can find some common ground like infrastructure.”
Granted, a Biden Administration would have its work cut out for it, due to the Republican Party’s obstructionist tactics. But Biden forged many close relationships with lawmakers across the aisle during tenure in the Senate and as vice president. Hopefully, some of them pay off.
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