Graham says he’ll announce for president June 1

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Graham: ‘I’m running’ to be ‘best commander-in-chief’.

The US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has said there is better than a 90% chance he will run for president, will give a “very important update” on Monday morning about 2016, according to media reports on Sunday.

The South Carolina lawmaker was quoted by MSNBC as telling supporters in an email: “As an announcement draws near, I need to know you stand with me.” The Washington Post quoted him as saying in the email he would appear on the CBS This Morning program at 8 am on Monday. “Tomorrow morning I will be giving a very important update on my 2016 plans and I want to make sure you are able to hear it,” it quoted him as saying. Speaking the day after the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to the Islamic State group, Graham told CBS that he believes more American soldiers will have to die in Iraq and Syria “to protect the homeland.” I’m running [because] I think the world is falling apart; I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy.” “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 said. “The reason I’ve had six primary opponents my last election is that I’ve been accused of working with Democrats too much.” Mr.

Graham (R-S.C.), who in recent months has moved closer to running for president, said Monday that he will announce if he will make a White House bid on June 1 from South Carolina. “I will make an announcement on June 1st. He was warmly received at the Iowa Republican party’s forum for 2016 White House hopefuls on Saturday in Des Moines with a mix of jokes and plain talk about America’s national security. Graham said that in his view, Democrats and Republicans work together too little and that he would try to change that if he was president and that when it came to radical Islam, he would “go after them before they come back here again.” Mr. While other Republicans in the 2016 field have made clear they would not have invaded Iraq given what is now known about US intelligence failures, Graham offered a strong defense of then-president George W Bush. Graham is at the back of the 2016 GOP pack in RealClearPolitics’ latest average of national public polling, but is running third behind former Florida Gov.

If Graham enters the race, he would join fellow Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio among declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. The former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, former Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina and retired physician Ben Carson have also announced their candidacies.

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