Another day, another Republican presidential candidate enters the field.
Longtime South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham announced Monday on “CBS This Morning” that he will look to receive the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
During his appearance, Sen. Graham said he decided to make a run for the White House because “…I think the world is falling apart and I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy.” Below is more from Graham’s interview on CBS.
Out of the now seven candidates in the growing Republican field, the 59-year-old has the most Washington experience on his resume. In his third term in the United States Senate, Graham has made waves as a strong opponent of President Obama, particularly of his foreign policy decisions. However, the senator has expressed support of the president’s amnesty program that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to have Social Security numbers and work permits.
While Graham has a strong conservative record on the whole, far-right Tea Party politicians (such as fellow senators and presidential candidates Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky) and supporters have bashed established Senate Republicans like Graham and John McCain (R-Arizona) for being too moderate on issues such as Second Amendment rights.
Earlier this year, Graham had strong words for Sen. Cruz after the Texas senator wrote in a fundraising email that the Second Amendment is the “ultimate check against government tyranny.” Speaking to TalkingPointsMemo.com, Graham argued that “an informed electorate is probably a better check than, you know, guns in the streets.” Graham also told TPM the following:
“I think the Second Amendment allows people to protect their homes and their property and be secure in their persons,” the senator said. “I think in a democracy the best check on government is voter participation. I think the First Amendment probably protects us more there.”
Sen. McCain, who is a good friend of Graham’s, has previously stated his belief that Graham would be the most qualified presidential candidate in the 2016 race. “Lindsey Graham. First, last and always,” said McCain.