Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Sunday that "everything is worse" under President Barack Obama.
"This is our election to lose," Graham told Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union" when asked for his assessment of the GOP candidates and the 2012 race.
"President Obama has done everything he knows how to do to beat himself. The reason people have little confidence in President Obama's policies, they're just not working. Everything is worse: 2 million people unemployed after he took office. Gas prices are 100 percent higher. Home values are down. Debt is up by 35 percent"
"There seems to be no relief on the horizon," Graham said. "He keeps proposing the same old things."
Graham's remarks ran counter to the perspective offered earlier in the program by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) who was optimistic about Obama's reelection prospects.
"As I listen to the Republican presidential nominee candidates come forward and spot their ideas and bow and genuflect to the Tea Party and their agenda, I remember the Tea Party is not very popular in America," Durbin told Crowley.
"I don't think people like that style of politics."
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