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Graham delivers some good punchlines.

Senator [score]Lindsey Graham[/score] held nothing back when talking about his former opponents in the Republican race for the White House, concluding that his party ‘has gone bats**t crazy.’

The outspoken lawmaker from South Carolina delivered his scathing remarks Thursday at the 72nd annual Washington Press Club Foundation dinner, which coincided with the tenth Republican presidential debate in Texas.

Graham had some harsh words for each of the five remaining presidential hopefuls, but Senator Ted Cruz, of Texas, arguably bore the brunt of his withering sarcasm.

‘A good Republican would defend [score]Ted Cruz [/score]after tonight. That ain’t happening,’ Graham said with a smile,’ drawing laughter from a crowd consisting of 750 members of Congress, journalists and congressional aides. ‘If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody could convict you.’

Graham, 67, was referencing Cruz’s reputation as a deeply unpopular figure on Capitol Hill who does not get along with his colleagues.

Later in his no-holds-barred roast, Graham again turned him attention to Cruz, joking that the Texas senator will drop out of the race during Canadian week at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, when expats from the north enjoy 10 per cent discounts in town.

GOP front-runner Donald Trump has contended that Cruz was ineligible to run for president because he was born in Canada.

‘But I will say our Canadian is better than your [Democrats’] Kenyan,’ Graham added, drawing jeers from the crowd with his ‘birther’ dig at President Barack Obama.

The South Carolina Republican did not miss an opportunity to skewer Hillary Clinton, who could be facing a federal indictment for using a private email server to send sensitive, government-related material.

‘The most dishonest person in America is a woman who is about to be president,’ Graham told the audience after making a joke about how far women have come in this country. ‘How could that be? My party has gone bats**t crazy.’

Graham also did not mince words when speaking of Florida Senator [score]Marco Rubio[/score], whom he mocked as the ‘boy wonder,’ reported NBC News. 

I’m not saying he would change his position — but he changes his position,’ Graham said. ‘The Secret Service’s main job when he’s president is to keep him hydrated.’

Rubio became an object of widespread ridicule in 2013 when he awkwardly reached for a bottle of water while delivering the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, reprted CBS News.

The sharp-tongued keynote speaker also took a couple of swipes at Dr Ben Carson and John Kasich, who have been consistently lagging in the polls.

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‘’To the women who left the kitchen tonight to come, thank you all very much. John Kasich needs your help. He’s the moderate with the good heart,’ Graham quipped, calling to mind a comment that the Ohio governor made during a stomp speech earlier this week, telling a crowd in Virginia that women ‘left their kitchens’ to support him when he was running for a state office in 1978.

Kicking them while they’re down: Graham also took swipes at Ohio Governor [score]John Kasich[/score] , whom he mocked for his recent ‘women in the kitchen’ comment, and Dr Ben Carson, whom the South Carolina senator called a ‘nice guy’ who tried to kill his cousin

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‘I ran for president, and I had to get out,’ Graham said. ‘I endorsed [score]Jeb Bush[/score], and he had to get out. I am the Dr. Kevorkian of the Republican primary.’

He then put on a baseball cap emblazoned with Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, ‘Make American Great Again,’ and jokingly endorsed the bombastic billionaire, whom he dubbed a ‘nutjob’ and a ‘loser’ when addressing reporters earlier that day.

‘I endorse Donald Trump and hope the Graham magic still exists!’