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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham walked down Main Street in Summerville stopping at locally owned businesses to shake some hands as a tough election year looms.

What also looms large is further debate over a recent deal with Iran. The Obama Administration said it will stop Iran from making nuclear weapons but Graham sees it differently.

"This deal doesn't require them to shut down the plutonium reactor; this deal doesn't require them to dismantle their ability to enrich uranium that could lead to a nuclear weapon. It gives them seven billion dollars; they get the cash and we don't get much."

Also recently the other Republican Senator from South Carolina, Tim Scott, passed with subtlety, a chance to endorse Graham for another term as Senator, News 2 asked Graham if there I some bad blood in Washington.

"Tim Scott is probably one of the nicest guys I know in Politics. He's running his first race he got appointed the job he's got to get elected. He needs to run his race and I need to run mine. I think the voters are going to send us both back."

Defending his relationship with another member of the GOP is not much of a challenge for Graham but defending his party's recent actions is a tough sell across the state.

When I walk through South Carolina people ask me what are you all doing up there? I mean if you behaved the way we did we would get fired. I'm trying to find a way to be a conservative but also be a good American. You know shutting down the government costs us money it hurt the party, it's like children."

Graham is running for his 3rd Senate term. He won the seat formally held and vacated by long time Senator Strom Thurmond.

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