South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham Jumps Into the GOP Waters with Possible 2016 White House Bid

On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) launched an exploratory committee, named “Security Through Strength,” as a first step toward a possible run for president in 2016.

On the website for his newly-formed committee, Graham states:

“The committee will fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy.”

Graham also places a high emphasis on national security::

“Ronald Reagan famously said his goal was to have peace through strength. In my view, you can never have peace with radical Islam. They want to destroy us and our way of life, so peaceful coexistence is a non-starter from their point of view and, quite frankly, from my point of view, but you can have security.”

Graham made the move to explore a presidential bid after receiving support from Senator John McCain (R-AZ). McCain has been a public advocate of a possible Graham candidacy.

Graham’s exploration of a White House run might receive a slight bump, after Mitt Romney’s announcement on Friday that he will not be seeking the GOP nomination.

Positive reactions to Graham’s presidential ambitions have been scarce, particularly on Twitter.

https://twitter.com/ezraklein/status/560854253150146561

https://twitter.com/Matthops82/status/561276649295970304

https://twitter.com/AM_Hoffman/status/561169632963604480

https://twitter.com/Gabby_Hoffman/status/561169464629415936

https://twitter.com/Ladyred133/status/561274599740932096

There was at least one vocal supporter of Graham and his presidential aspirations.

https://twitter.com/ConwayTigerFilm/status/561275179624431616

Senator Graham holds more moderate views than many conservatives would like to see in a candidate, but upcoming polls should give the GOP a clearer picture of what the voters think of a Graham run.

Note: This article was edited for content after publication.

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