ORLANDO -- Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke very sloooowly and somberly to a mostly empty ballroom, warning that the safety of America is at stake in this presidential election.
"I've never been more worried about another 9/11 than I am right now," the South Carolina senator said. "If we don't change our foreign policy -- soon --- we're going to pay a heavy price."
Graham, 60, was especially critical of the Iran deal and of Hillary Clinton's handling of the Benghazi attacks: "Before the attack, she let people down. During the attack she was AWOL. And after the attack she lied."
As he excoriated President Barack Obama's foreign policy, a woman in the audience shouted, "He's a traitor!"
"No ma'am," Graham responded. "He's not a traitor. He just doesn't know what he's doing."
Graham is a foreign policy hawk who antagonizes some conservatives for his support for immigration reform, but he did not shy away from the issue Friday. No way can America round up and deport 11 million people living in America, he said.
"I am worried about .. losing the Hispanic vote for a generation," he said.
The senator also gave a nod to the main Florida candidates in the race.
"You have two wonderful candidates from Florida running," said Graham, presumably unaware that Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson also call Florida home. "You should be very proud."
--ADAM C. SMITH, Tampa Bay Times