Lindsey Graham All But Confirms He Is Running for President
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham all but announced that he will run for president in 2016 on a Monday morning news show. He would join a crowded Republican field, but says he thinks he'd be the best commander in chief.
"I'm running because I think the world is falling apart," the hawkish third-term senator from Suth Carolina said, in an interview on "CBS This Morning."
Graham has been sharply critical of President Obama's troop reductions in the Middle East, and has gone on record saying he beleives that Isis is coming to "kill us all." He told CBS that he expects "more American soldiers will die in Iraq and eventually in Syria to protect our homeland." In fact, as commander in chief, he would likely ensure it. He cited the fall of the Iraqi city of Ramadi to Islamic State militants as further evidence that American troops are needed.
According to AP:
The third-term senator told CBS he will make his official campaign announcement June 1 in his hometown of Central, South Carolina. He would be the only Republican candidate from one of the four early voting states that also include Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.
In his early travels to Iowa, New Hampshire and around his home state, Graham has said he believes national security is the most important issue of the 2016 election and that it matters more than anything else to Republican primary voters.
He said Monday that the destabilization of Iraq, continued strife in Syria, Iranian influence in the region and the proliferation of the Islamic State militant group combine to pose a grave threat to Americans.
Graham argued that as many as 10,000 more ground troops could be needed to help train Iraqi security forces to serve as a functional national army.
Of course, Graham avoided fully answering the question about whether the U.S. should have invaded Iraq in the first place.
"If I'd known then what I know now, would I have launched a ground invasion? Probably not," he said, "But that's yesterday's thinking . . . What do we do today, tomorrow and the day after?"
Of course, he has already answered that question: send more troops to kill and die.