Lindsey Graham: ‘I’m running’ because the world is falling apart
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Sen. Lindsey Graham is waiting until June 1 to officially announce whether he’s running for president, but made his intentions clear in an interview on Monday morning.
“I’m running because of what you see on television, I’m running because I think the world is falling apart,” said Graham, a South Carolina Republican, on “CBS This Morning.”
Graham, known as a hawk on national security, was asked on the program if he was running because he doesn’t think other Republicans in the 2016 field are sophisticated on foreign policy.
Graham said he’s been more right than wrong on foreign policy and added: “It’s not the fault of others, or their lack of this or that, that makes me want to run. It’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work.”
He cited “radical Islam” as one issue he wants to tackle.
Graham, a third-term senator, will make an announcement on June 1 in Central, S.C.
Graham would join a crowded field of contenders seeking the GOP nomination, and is a long-shot candidate. In the latest average of polls about the nomination from RealClearPolitics, Graham ties for last place with former Hewlett-Packard Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, who has declared her candidacy, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who has not. Each gets 1.3% support. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads the field with 15.4%.
Analyst Greg Valliere of Potomac Research Group says Graham could win the South Carolina primary, but doesn’t see him going the distance. “He won’t be the GOP nominee, but Graham can keep the party plenty hawkish,” Valliere wrote in a note Monday.