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US Sen. Graham tours SC warning of military cuts

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, kicks off his budget cuts tour at a National Guard armory in Greenville County. (May 29, 2012/FOX Carolina) Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, kicks off his budget cuts tour at a National Guard armory in Greenville County. (May 29, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP/FOX Carolina) -

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham is starting a two-day tour of South Carolina to warn leaders that he thinks proposed cuts to military spending will be bad for national security.

Graham started the tour Tuesday in Greenville, where he toured the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics site with South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston.

"My priority, above all else, is to get the (Department of Defense) right," Graham said. "It's the number one priority of the federal government above anything else. It's not a partisan issue for me."

Graham will then head to Beaufort to meet with leaders at Parris Island and at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort before heading to Charleston on Tuesday afternoon to talk to local military officials at Joint Base Charleston.

The Republican lawmaker will end his tour Wednesday in Columbia, talking to officials at Fort Jackson and local business leaders.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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