Carl Quintanilla's Question To Lindsey Graham Lays Bare One Of The GOP's Biggest Problems

Wednesday night, during the GOP's third undercard debate of the year, Sen. Lindsey Graham was tossed a question by CNBC's debate moderator Carl Quintanilla that made everyone take pause: "Are you in the wrong party's debate?" he asked Graham. Uh, come again? In case you missed it, Quintanilla's question came after listing off a slew of things that Graham has publicly supported — things that just so happen to be supported by many Democrats, too. For one, Quintanilla noted, Lindsey Graham acknowledges that climate change is real — something that experts have been backing up with cold, hard scientific facts for decades now — but apparently, not many Republicans are in agreement on that one. Quintanilla asked the senator:

Graham's response? It was pretty on point (at first): "No, I think I'm trying to solve problems that somebody better solve," he quipped back.


Soon after, Sen. Graham veered into a long (and ambling) spiel about his thoughts on corporate tax, and immigration, clearly trying to hit all points of Quintanilla's question), but in the end, the points he made about climate change were by far what made viewers stand at attention.

And it's clear just why so many were stunned by this moment: After all, there are some pretty obvious problems with basically telling a candidate his GOP card is revoked because he believes what experts in the field of science are telling him. And isn't that what we expect from our presidents, anyway?

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