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LISTEN: US politician calls unmarried presidential candidate a "bro with no ho"

Senator Lindsey Graham has no children and has never been married.

US presidential candidate Lindsey Graham. Source: Associated Press

US PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE Lindsey Graham has for years had to field questions and swat away innuendo about his marital status.

The 59-year-old South Carolina Senator has never been married, and has no children, leading to countless nudges and winks about his sexual orientation, and being labelled a “confirmed bachelor.”

His bid to become President, however, is likely to intensify that discussion.

On Tuesday, the Daily Mail asked Graham who his First Lady would be, to which he reportedly replied:

Well, I’ve got a sister, she could play that role if necessary. I’ve got a lot of friends. We’ll have a rotating First Lady.

2016 GOP Graham Senator Lindsey Graham with his sister Darline Graham Nordone, at the launch of his Presidential campaign. Source: Associated Press

Today, it was the turn of his Republican party colleague, Senator Mark Kirk, to make light of Graham’s personal life.

During a Senate Committee hearing this afternoon, the Illinois lawmaker was recorded on a “hot mic”, calling Graham a “bro with no ho.”

The moment was first reported by the Huffington Post:

I’ve been joking with Lindsey, cos he doesn’t have a…did you see that?
Have a rotating First Lady. He’s a bro with no ho. That’s what we’d call it…

There’s a long pause, and a female voice, possibly Kirk’s interlocutor, says “Yeah. He’s a good man.”

One last time, Kirk adds: “He’s a bro with no ho.”


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Graham has denied he his gay, telling the New York Times in 2010, “I know it’s really gonna upset a lot of gay men…but I ain’t gay.”

During last year’s Senate primary, however, a rival Republican caused controversy by declaring:

…Hey, we’re tired of the ambiguously gay Senator from South Carolina.

Graham is considered a foreign policy hawk, strong supporter of military interventionism, and is opposed to same-sex marriage.

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