Lindsey Graham all but declares 2016 run, saying ‘I’m running’ to be ‘best …

18 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Foreign policy hawk Lindsey Graham joins Republican 2016 race.

Mr Graham, a three-term senior senator from South Carolina, told CBS that he would make an official announcement about his candidacy in his home town of Central, South Carolina on June 1st, though he all but confirmed that he was a candidate, pointing to the increasing violence in the Middle East as motivation. “I’m running because of what you see on television, I’m running because I think the world is falling apart, I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy,” he said on the programme. “It’s not the fault of others, or their lack of this or that that makes me want to run. Most of the declared and likely GOP presidential candidates visited Iowa over the weekend to serve comfort food and salivate over how many people they would kill if they got the country’s top killing job.As-yet undeclared presidential candidate Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told a group of Iowa Republicans on Saturday that he had no qualms about ordering an air strike against Americans suspected of joining ISIS. While Mr Graham’s interventionism will win him support among Republican primary voters who pick the party’s candidate, his track record of compromise with Democrats in the Senate may alienate conservatives who play an influential role in early nominating polls. According to NPR, 11 potential presidential candidates were given 10 minutes to give their best pitch to the audience. “If I’m President of the United States and you’re thinkin’ about joining al-Qaeda or ISIL — anybody thinkin’ about that?

He was one of the so-called “Gang of Eight” Democrat and Republican senators who proposed a since-stalled comprehensive immigration Bill that would put more than 11 million illegal immigrants on a path to citizenship. Like most events in Iowa, the Lincoln Day Dinner is a fundraiser for the Iowa Republican Party, and thus something that the Iowa Republican Party bills as crucial for any candidate who has any hope of competing in the Iowa caucuses.

It’s my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work.” The near-certainty of an official Graham candidacy is hardly a surprise – like many 2016 hopefuls, he has for months openly weighed a bid while traveling to early voting states such as South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire. While some GOP candidates this cycle may call the Iowa GOP’s bluff on that greatest scam of them all, the Iowa Straw Poll, most were still willing to cover the airfare Saturday’s day dinner. Even so, candidates are keen that the media and voters follow the exact stage-managing they demand and only truly consider them presidential candidates once they have filed the necessary paperwork with the Federal Election Commission and held a formal launch event with the appropriate level of pomp and circumstance.

Bush has been the most obvious offender of pretending not to run for president, raking in what he says is a record fundraising haul for the first 100 days of a possible White House bid by a Republican. He joins fellow senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rand Paul of Kentucky, along with former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, one-time Hewlett Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina, and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson in running. Scott Walker dished out Wisconsin cheddar cheese and exotic Miller beer “as he stood near a Harley Davidson motorcycle,” Bloomberg reports. “Former Texas Governor Rick Perry offered ice cream sundaes, while former Florida Governor Jeb Bush served meatballs and chips and salsa.” Jeb Bush is careful not to set expectations too high in Iowa. He outlined his vision through a rhetorical vehicle that structurally resembled a joke. “I’ve been very very clear about how we’re going to deal with [ISIS],” he said. “They want to bring back a 7th-century version of Islam.

The potentially large number of candidates has created a headache for the party as it tries to winnow the field without irreparably harming its ultimate nominee for an expected run-off with strong Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The delicate dance has produced several slip-ups, notably last week when Bush uttered the words “I’m running” only to quickly correct his stance to “if I run”. The party must also deal with practical matters like accommodating more than a dozen candidates on a stage in the first of the party’s televised debates, in Cleveland in August. Before Kentucky senator Rand Paul announced his campaign last month, a tweet from his official account mentioned him as “the only candidate” in favor of shutting down the NSA’s phone collection program – a follow-up tweet clarified he was referring to his re-election campaign for the Senate, but no one bought it. Fresh off of his five-day trip to Israel, he announced the U.S. needs a president who makes it clear that country is an ally and that Islamic terrorists are clear enemies. “We need to have a commitment, because I don’t know about you – but on behalf of my children and yours – I’m not gonna wait for when the next attack is made on American soil, I’d rather take the threat to them before they take it to us,” said Gov.

Ultimately, Clinton opted for a low-key announcement by dropping an announcement video online before hopping in a van to meet with everyday voters in Iowa. As usual, there was little acknowledgement over the course of the event that President Obama has been bombing ISIS in multiple countries, without explicit authorization, for nearly a year. He’s heretical on certain counts, like his interest in comprehensive immigration reform and his bizarre belief that not only is anthropogenic climate change real, but that there should be a policy to address it. John Bolton, the former ambassador to the United Nations, similarly took advantage of the media as he mounted rumors of a potential bid for president.

But as we’ve written before, he’ll serve a powerful role in the primaries: to get a party that’s already quite hawkish to push its rhetoric into previously unexplored frontiers of hawkishness.

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