McConnell, left, and Cornyn are both up for re-election in 2014 and have been taking some of their cues from their statesí junior senators.
Graham entered the midterm elections as the Republican senator most vulnerable to a potential tea-party-inspired challenge to his right. So far, heís avoided a serious threat, but one could still come.
Still, his recent remarks make it sound like heís more concerned about how his party fares in the next presidential election. Graham told reporters last week that if the bill falls apart and Republicans catch the blame for it, ďweíre toast in 2016.Ē
Following the speeches from elected officials, the crowd stands at long tables as they dig into BBQ, brunswick stew, cadillac rice at the Law Enforcement Cookout at Wayne Dasher's pond house in Glennville, Ga., on Thursday, April 17, 2014.