Sen. Graham Meets, Greets At North Haverhill Fair

Sunday, July 26, 2015
By Aimee Caruso

Valley News Staff Writer

North Haverhill — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., campaigned in the Granite State yesterday, talking with people in Sugar Hill, N.H., Littleton, N.H., and at the North Haverhill Fair. Among their concerns: Northern Pass, Iran, the economy and, of course, whether he’d replaced his cellphone after fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump famously shared the number with the world last week.

“That will be coming on national news tomorrow,” Graham quipped in a telephone interview.

He’s up to date now on the proposed Northern Pass project, he said, summarizing public sentiment like this: “Bury the power line or don’t build it at all.”

The people he met are worried about the Iran nuclear deal and the economy, said Graham, who connected both issues back to President Obama.

Tourism figures big in the “incredibly beautiful” North Country. “If you can’t pay the bills, you don’t go on vacation,” he said. “Right now you’ve got a cloud hanging over the economy,” and people are wondering how they are going to pay for the Affordable Care Act.

People don’t trust the Iranian government and think Obama’s foreign policy is weak, he said. “Giving Iran a lot of money and weapons until they change their behavior is a mistake. I want a diplomatic solution, but this deal is very dangerous.”

Graham will be back in New Hampshire on Saturday, this time with John McCain, for a VFW picnic at 12:30 p.m. in Littleton.

The North Country is “a very big veterans area,” said Graham, adding that he’s looking forward to working with McCain, who will be his “wing man.” “We’re going to have a good time.”

Aimee Caruso can be reached at acaruso@vnews.com or 603-727-3210.