McConnell should chat with Graham

MCCONNELL SHOULD CHAT WITH GRAHAM…. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said this morning that he still wants hearings to explore a possible, partial repeal of the 14th Amendment. “Why don’t we take a look at it?” he told reporters.

But this is the part that stood out for me.

…McConnell said he was “not aware of anyone who’s come out for altering the 14th Amendment.”

Maybe McConnell should give Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) a call.

“Birthright citizenship I think is a mistake…. We should change our Constitution and say if you come here illegally and you have a child, that child’s automatically not a citizen.”

Asked how intent Graham is on introducing the amendment, the South Carolina Republican responded: “I got to.”

McConnell isn’t aware of “anyone who’s come out for altering the 14th Amendment”? When a high-profile member of his own caucus told a national television audience on the Republicans’ own cable news network “we should change our Constitution,” that seems to qualify.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.