Meet the Press   |  June 16, 2013

Graham talks 2016 momentum

Sen. Lindsey Graham discusses the future of the 2016 presidential race and which candidates will succeed more in his state.

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>> one on politics. a gathering of religious leaders in washington and potential entrance into the 2016 race. chris christie was with bill clinton at cgi. who has, do you think, got the most momentum in your party representative of a state with an early primary?

>> that's a really good question. bill clinton doesn't have a whole lot of sway, but he's a popular figure. the faith-based groups reported by probably the leading candidates. i would suggest a guy like jeb bush would have a really good chance in 2016 . a former governor or a governor, but you've got marco, you've got paul ryan . the good news is we have a deep bench, and after eight years of president obama 's economic policies, and quite frankly, foreign policy , people are going to be looking around. but if we don't pass immigration reform , if we don't get it off the table in a reasonable, practical way, it doesn't matter who you run in 2016 , we're in a demographic death spiral as a party, and the only way we can get back in good graces with the hispanic community, in my view, is pass comprehensive immigration reform . if you don't do that, it really doesn't matter who will run, in my view.