This came in this afternoon:
Graham Takes Oath of Office
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement after taking the oath of office as a United States Senator for South Carolina.
“The greatest experience and privilege of my life has been to represent the people of South Carolina in the United States Senate.
“I appreciate each and every person who believed in me and supported me for another term as your senator. For those who preferred someone else, I will continue to work to earn your trust and confidence and assure you my door is always open.
“I still believe solving problems and being conservative are not mutually exclusive, and I return to the Senate with a burning desire to right the ship before it’s too late. The question for the country now is — can a conservative, Republican Congress work with a liberal, Democratic president to move our nation forward? The answer should be ‘yes,’ and I believe it will be ‘yes.’ There are areas where we can find common ground.
“I will continue to fight for South Carolina’s interest in the Senate, and above all else I will continue to have the back of those who risk their lives to defend our nation. Time and again, brave men and women stand in harm’s way to protect the freedoms you and I hold dear. Let’s honor their dedication and sacrifice by working together to improve the nation they are willing to fight and die for.”
FYI, the third graf of his statement (the fourth in the release), the one that begins, “I still believe solving problems and being conservative are not mutually exclusive,” is the reason I count myself among those who wanted to see him serve another term.