Graham said on CBS this morning that he will make an announcement in South Carolina on June 1. “You’re all invited to come; spend money when you do, and I will tell you what I’m going to do about running for president.”
Graham was asked if he’s running because he sees a current GOP field without enough foreign policy cred.
“That’s a really good question,” he replied. “I’ve got the best job in the world as a senator from South Carolina. I’ve got a very comfortable life. I’m running because of what you see on television. I’m running because I think the world is falling apart… it’s not the fault of others or the 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.”
“The reason I had six primary opponents in my last election is because I’ve been accused of working with Democrats too much — in my view, Democrats and Republicans work together too little, and I will try to change that if I came to be president,” Graham continued.
“And when it came to radical Islam, I would go after them before they came back here again.”
Graham, 59, brings extensive military experience to the race, with more than three decades in the Air Force both active duty and as a current reservist. His current rank is colonel.
He’s been in the Senate for 12 years, and has already won an endorsement from his best friend there: 2008 GOP presidential nominee John McCain (R-Ariz.).