Graham says ‘I’m running’ in 2016, sets June 1 for official announcement

Fox News, May 18

Sen. Lindsey Graham all but declared he plans to run for president in 2016, saying Monday that “I’m running” because “the world is falling apart” — while setting June 1 as his official campaign announcement.

The South Carolina Republican senator, speaking on “CBS This Morning,” said he’ll formally unveil his campaign plans in his hometown of Central, S.C.

But he also repeatedly used the phrase “I’m running,” explaining that he believes he would make the best commander-in-chief.

Graham also pointed to his own record working with Democrats. He said he’s drawn a string of primary challengers over the years because of that history, but touted that record as a positive in a presidential run.

“Democrats and Republicans work together too little,” he said. “I would try to change that if I got to be president.”

Lindsey Graham Running For President? South Carolina Senator Will Make 2016 Presidential Announcement Soon

IBT, By Howard Koplowitz, May 18

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will make an announcement on whether he will jump into the presidential race June 1 in his home state, he told “CBS This Morning” on Monday. The morning show tried to get Graham to make the announcement on-air, but he’s choosing a different venue.

“It’s a beautiful platform” he said of the possibility of announcing on national television, “but it’s not as nice as central South Carolina.” Graham has been testing the waters for a presidential run, and an email to supporters through his exploratory committee, Security Through Strength, said he would give “a very important update on my 2016 plans” on “CBS This Morning,” strongly suggesting he would jump in the race during the interview.

Graham is known for being closely aligned with U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on foreign policy issues. He has also been a fierce critic of the Obama administration’s approach to the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. During his “CBS This Morning” appearance, Graham said about 10,000 troops are needed to reclaim parts of Iraq now controlled by the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“This is a complete mess,” he said, referring to how ISIS has made gains in Iraq and nearby Syria, where the group’s base of operations is headquartered. He said an increase in troops is necessary because the most likely place for the United States to get attacked is from Syria.

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