Lindsey Graham calls Neera Tanden “Nut Job” as Republican’s signal-strengthening battle

Senator Lindsey Graham (RS.C.) on Monday called Joe Biden’s elected presidential candidate to lead the Office of Administration and Budget (OMB) “hot” when he called on voters to help Republicans maintain control of the Senate by winning key Georgia. elections.

Graham made remarks during his appearance on the Fox News site Hannity. The senator condemned Biden’s OMB candidate, Neera Tanden, a former official in the Obama administration who now heads the Center for American Progress, which leads left-wing thinking, while acknowledging that the prospect of two democratic victories in Georgia “scares the hell.”

“If we win both seats in Georgia, I will be president of the budget,” Graham said. “The director of the OMB should come before the Committee on Budgets to confirm the hearings. I think I would ask different questions than Bernie Sanders, who would be the president of the budget if the Democrats won in Georgia.”

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Lindsey Graham (R), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will attend a hearing in Washington DC on October 15, 2020.
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“If you want to make sure this spicy Tanden isn’t going to be the budget director in charge of the Administration and Budget Office, make sure we win in Georgia,” Graham added.

Republicans have already indicated they can block Tanden reinforcements. There’s a chance that Mitch McConnell, the Senate’s majority leader, may even refuse to even vote for her nomination. Prior to Fox News ’performance on Monday, Graham said Tanden would face an“ uphill ”battle that needed to be strengthened.

Tanden’s critical past criticism of the Trump government and Senate Republicans has made a particularly divisive choice for a prominent role in the incoming Biden government. Medicare, as a prominent opponent of all and a critic of Senator Bernie Sanders, also faces opposition from some in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.

Republicans only need to win one of two Senate seats on Jan. 5 in Georgia to maintain control over the upper house. According to the poll, current GOP senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler are both in close competition with Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock.

If Democratic candidates win both seats, the Senate will be split 50-50. However, elected Vice President Kamala Harris has the power to sever ties, giving the party full control over Congress alongside the White House.

Although Graham’s debate in Fox News was apparently based on the assumption that President Biden would take office after Donald Trump’s departure, the senator also had a prominent voice in reinforcing the president’s unverified allegations of “stolen” elections. Graham called on Trump to attend Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20 if the president-elect “finally wins.”

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