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Last year, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., didn’t hide his disdain for the tea party movement. He said it lacked coherence and would soon “die out.” But Graham’s singing a different tune this year, Politico reports.

senator, graham, tea, party, shiftHe’s trying to work with two founders of the Senate’s tea party caucus, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah, to reform Social Security. And he recently spoke out against the new healthcare law in tandem with noted tea partyer Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina.

“My opinion of the tea party has been ... if the tea party can help deliver Social Security reform, they deserve praise. If they can help us reduce spending, they deserve praise,” Graham told Politico. He’s part of a broader movement by establishment Republicans to ally with the tea party movement.

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