Sen. Lindsey Graham has never lost a race.
In consecutive elections since 1992, he has wooed South Carolina voters with a combination of bootstrapped beginnings, a quick wit, pragmatism and ferocious debating skills.
On Monday, he returns to his boyhood hometown in Pickens County to announce his most ambitious campaign to date — for the Republican presidential nomination.
His perfect record at the ballot box — one election to the South Carolina House, five to the U.S. House and three to the U.S. Senate — has made him the most powerful Republican in South Carolina.
Any national name recognition he enjoys is likely due to his hawkish foreign policy. Graham already is preparing voters for the likelihood that more U.S. troops will have to be deployed abroad to keep radical Islam and terrorism at bay.
In talking to CBS in May about his presidential campaign, he said in his typical blunt and occasionally inflammatory way, “I’m running because the world is falling apart.”
Source: USA Today | Mary Troyan