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Graham suggested that -- Boycott between -- Olympics.
You -- it's what's the White House.
-- our view is that we're continuing to work with the Russian government and other nations on this matter and we hope to see mr.
-- returned to the United States.
-- that well I'm not engage in speculation about that and and the Olympics are.
Long way off.
-- that was white house Press Secretary Jay Carney responding to the latest fallout over this -- in scandal.
While Russia considers asylum for the NSA -- senator Lindsey Graham is looking to put pressure on president -- couldn't.
And he's using the 2014 Olympics to do that -- Graham suggests a boycott.
Of the next winter games is possible if Russia assists Snowden and senator Graham joins me now live -- senator.
-- but there's a lot more than just note well let's talk about this tell me your thinking behind this suggestion -- boycott.
Well I don't you know -- wouldn't want to do that'd be the last thing that wanna do -- back considered somebody asked me would you consider bark.
Archive indeed the Olympics -- they -- it snowed asylum.
And and I thought well you know you don't wanna punish athletes they've done nothing wrong but really want to reward Putin.
If he continues to do what he's doing and let me tell you what rushes -- to they've aligned themselves with the line.
-- and Syria whose butchering his own people.
I asked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today that the Russians.
-- their support away from the side would change things he said dramatically.
-- -- side is winning according to the chairman of the joint chiefs Russia's helping him win in a year from now he's still in power.
Our ally thinking that Jordan could be deposed -- rockets falling apart because the violence spilling over from Syria to Iraq.
And Hezbollah the radical Shiite terrorist organization is now helping.
Aside and trying to get weapons that Russia's selling aside -- use against Israel.
So that's one -- yeah not helping stopping the Iranian nuclear program in if they -- snow and asylum here's my question for the country.
Should -- reward this kind of behavior by allowing him to have the propaganda is a -- the Olympics.
Well listen you make it very compelling case.
Russia has been a bad actor and why we shouldn't reward -- however how does boycotting.
The Olympics and as you say hurting the athletes how does that change.
I think -- I think it would really matter to the Russians.
It would undercut there you know should we have given -- the Olympics in 1936.
To -- the Nazi regime that's something that's not I'm not suggesting that Russia is Nazi Germany.
Would you have the Olympics in Iran the answer would be no -- wouldn't reward the Iranian regime of hosting the Olympics the question for me.
Is should we allow a country like Russia.
Who is engaged in bad behavior all over the world to be rewarded with hosting.
A game of peace.
I don't want -- You know destroyed beat them lifetime goal of athletes but -- want a world that's not about to blow up I want Russia to change.
And if you've got a better idea how to deal with -- -- let me know well is running all over us he's running all over the world.
And -- -- stands out to run and make it hurt.
Here's what you're friend and colleague speaker John Boehner has said in response to your proposal.
He said senator Graham is quote dead wrong and hand he asked why the US and wanna punish athletes as we've addressed.
-- been training for years over what he calls a trader who can't find a home in other words.
Pulling athletes out of the Olympics yeah elevates.
Snowed in on site through a two a level that maybe doesn't deserve.
It's not about Snowden alone this about Russia continue Intel aligned themselves of Iran to allow -- to stay in power today.
What I think would hurt our regional interest in -- -- beyond anything that could imagine how do you get people's attention.
What are we doing the food and I don't want to punish athletes but I do want to not reward -- and would you.
Alison would you go to the Olympic Games in Iran.
I would not.
Would you take an invitation from Putin this said in his box at the Olympic Winter Games.
Are you saying -- by our athletes going there to compete -- we are.
Beholden to him in that same way -- -- you know I think.
I think you're elevating I think you're giving him a propaganda.
Look what Hitler did in 1936 he hosted the Olympic Games.
And when you read that the reports coming out of Nazi Germany.
They sold to the world something they were not.
Like it or not -- Olympic Games are used by the host country to sell themselves and here's my question.
Should we be part of selling Russia for prudent.
Should we empower him and next winner if he continues.
To help aside murder the Syrian people.
Supply weapons to -- side that can be used by Hezbollah against Iran and if he -- snowed this -- Should we give our good housekeeping seal of approval on the games that he will be hosting.
I don't want to stop the Olympics.
I want to stop Clinton.
And I'm willing to consider -- thing because what's going on the world because of Russia.
Is very dangerous the world is blowing up in Russia as one of the reasons for it.
Senator Lindsey Graham thanks so much for explaining your perspective on all this and it sounds like you're open to suggestions and we'll see what your colleagues there I am open to suggestions but I'm not open to doing what we're doing it is not working Obama popular game.
He is walking all over the Obama administration and they need to push back got it senator Lindsey Graham thanks so much for coming on.
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