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.
— POLITICO (@politico) January 30, 2015
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.
The circus gets another ring: Lindsey Graham officially launches presidential exploratory committee http://t.co/MFfeFqmvjG
— Whitney Munro (@whitney_munro) January 30, 2015
Romney out, Lindsey Graham in. That's a net decrease in quality.
— Bill Hobbs (@billhobbs) January 30, 2015
There was at least one vocal supporter of Graham and his presidential aspirations.
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.
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