Around the South for Aug. 17: SC, TX & MS


South Carolina: Graham praises Trump on terrorism, but … US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R) has declined to endorse Donald Trump for President, but praised his speech on terrorism, reported Politico. Graham, in radio interviews, praised Trump’s call for “extreme vetting” of immigrants from terrorist-prone nations and said he agreed with Trump “that without Obama’s withdrawal from Iraq and failure to intervene in Syria in a timely way, that there would be no ISIL.” Graham nevertheless said “I think the reason we’re going to lose (this election), is because the demographic meltdown that came from harsh rhetoric and policies by Mr. Trump.” ……. Texas: Cornyn neutral in Senate primary. US Sen. John Cornyn (R) said that both Ted Cruz and US Rep. Mike McCaul (R), Cruz’s potential primary opponent, are “certainly good friends,” reports the Dallas Morning News. He also urged Texas GOPers to concentrate on this year’s election, and said he was going to vote for “the nominee of the party – that’s Mr. Trump.” ……. Mississippi: Hyde-Smith on Trump agriculture group. The MagnoliaState’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith has been tapped by Donald Trump to serve on his agriculture policy advisory committee. In an interview with The Dispatch, Hyde-Smith reiterated her support for strict standards for the importation of catfish, a major Mississippi commodity …….