By Times Staff Writer
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published May 7, 2003
The environment: He says the Bush administration's approach is "Can I drill it? Can I drain it? Can I dig it up?"
Opposing Republican tax cuts: He complains that the tax cut plan will leave huge budget deficits for future generations. "I think it's almost immoral to be passing on those costs to our children and grandchildren."
Stimulating the economy: He proposes temporary cuts in payroll taxes so middle-income workers will have extra money to spend immediately. He says the Republican tax cuts have benefited the rich, but the real need is to "put the money in the hands of the people who are going to spend it."
Fighting terrorism: He criticizes the Bush administration for focusing too much on Iraq and not enough on other countries that Graham says support terrorist groups. "I'm very interested that in the last week, the administration has finally discovered Syria," he told a California audience on April 13.
His middle-of-the-road politics: He says, "I would define myself as being a pragmatist. These days if you want to get something accomplished, you've got to find some middle ground."Graham timeline
1936: Born in Coral Gables
1955: Graduated from Miami High School
2-2-1959: Married Adele Khoury of Miami Shores
1959: Graduated from University of Florida with bachelor's degree
1962: Received law degree from Harvard University
1966: Elected to Florida House of Representatives
1968: Re-elected to Florida House
1970: Elected to Florida Senate
1974: Re-elected to Florida Senate
1974: Taught a semester at Carol City High School, retroactively included as first "Workday"
1978: Began Workdays as part of gubernatorial campaigning
1978: Elected governor of Florida, defeating Republican Jack Eckerd
1982: Re-elected governor, easily defeating Republican L.A."Skip" Bafalis
1986: Elected to U.S. Senate
1992: Re-elected to U.S. Senate
1998: Re-elected to U.S. Senate
Jan. 2001: Logged his 365th Workday
1-31-2003: Heart surgery
2-27-2003: Files campaign papers to raise money for presidential election
- Compiled by Times news researcher Cathy Wos. Sources: Associated Press, Florida Handbook, Miami Herald, Times files, Times wires.
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