U.S. Should Declare China Currency Manipulators, Graham Says

“If I were president, they would pay the price,” Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham says in interview on Bloomberg TV’s ‘With All Due Respect.’

  • The S.C. senator says he would declare China currency manipulators: “I think they intentionally manipulate the yuan”
    • Graham also wants China to cease cyberattacks, intellectual property theft; says U.S. must address China’s island-building in South China Sea
    • In contrast to comments by fellow GOP presidential candidates incl Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Graham says doesn’t matter if Xi Jinping visit to U.S. will include state dinner or trip to McDonalds, instead matters what is said to him
    • Graham says his message would be: “Change your behavior and enjoy your wine”
    • Earlier story: Walker and Rubio Bash China in Dueling Speeches
  • On Donald Trump: “I don’t know what his economic plan is except that it’s great and it’s gonna be big”
    • Says next president needs to “dust off” Simpson-Bowles or similar plan on entitlement spending
  • On Syria and Islamic State: Says plans that don’t include U.S. ground troops aren’t serious
  • Says how he will do in home state of S.C. will depend in part on how he does in Iowa, N.H.; If he does poorly in first two states, will need to reassess
  • Says now in campaign is “silly season"; expects campaign will get more serious in coming months