Graham Calls for Legal Review of Nelson Health Care Deal

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham wants his state's attorney general to look at dealmaking that sealed a final compromise on federal health care legislation. 

Graham told The Associated Press Monday he wants Attorney General Henry McMaster to review how Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson was able to spare his state higher Medicaid costs as the Democrat held out for perks for his state in the mammoth bill. 

Graham says it doesn't pass the smell test and is sleazy politics that creates legal problems. 

McMaster's spokesman said the attorney general will discuss the issue with Graham. 

Nelson's spokesman didn't immediately respond to questions Monday. But Democrats back home praised his efforts.