At the “happy hour” debate featuring the seven lowest polling Republican presidential hopefuls, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham defended his support for addressing climate change.

“You can trust me to do the following… we won’t be debating the science…we’ll focus on energy independence and a clean environment. When it comes to fossil fuels, we’re going to find more here and use less. In time, we’re going to become energy independent… the choice between a weak economy and a strong environment is a false choice. That is not the choice I will offer America.”