BOULDER, Colorado — Republican presidential candidate and South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham played a game of "fuck, marry, kill" and confessed to having never smoked pot in a ribald appearance in Boulder ahead of Wednesday's Republican primary debate.
CNN's Dana Bash interviewed Graham at a "Politics on Tap" event at the Walnut Brewery here, where Graham began the evening by tending bar and taking a shot or two of Jameson. Bash asked Graham to play a game of what she called "date, marry, or make disappear forever," a PG spin on the classic game of "fuck, marry, kill." The choices: Sarah Palin, Carly Fiorina, and Hillary Clinton.
Unlike most presidential candidates when faced with a question like this, Graham played along, saying that out of the three, he would go on a date with Palin. He would marry Fiorina, because the former Hewlett-Packard CEO is rich (and "Hillary says she's dead broke," he joked). Graham did not go so far as to state that he would have Clinton disappeared forever.
Given that this is Colorado, Bash asked Graham about marijuana legalization.
"Personally I don't like the idea," Graham said. "I'm not a big fan of legalizing marijuana, I think there's enough problems with alcohol without adding to it." Graham said he considers marijuana a gateway drug.
However, "count me in for medical marijuana," Graham said, saying that it helps people with epilepsy .
Graham said he had never smoked pot, but acknowledged having been around it.
"Yeah, I've never smoked pot. I don't know what that makes me," Graham said.
"I've been convinced that it helps people with epilepsy," Graham said when asked by BuzzFeed News about medical marijuana after the Q&A had wrapped up.
"I'll be honest with you, this is about 10th on my list of things to worry about," Graham said with a laugh after being asked about Colorado's marijuana legalization and whether he would do anything to reverse it. "After I kill [ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-] Baghdadi, I'm gonna come after y'all."
Graham had found a way to mention Baghdadi before during his questioning by Bash, who asked him whether he still doesn't use email (he doesn't).
Asked who would be the first person he would email if he were to email someone, he said it would be Baghdadi, to inform him that he was coming for him.
Graham was in Boulder before Wednesday's Republican primary debate, where he will again take part in the undercard debate for candidates who do not poll high enough to be included in the main debate.