South Carolina’s U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham made it official today that he’s serious about running for president, creating an exploratory committee that allows him to start raising money.
Graham has dubbed his new presidential exploratory committee “Security Through Strength.” According to a press release from Graham’s office on Thursday, the committee “will fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country listening to Americans’ concerns, and gauging support for a potential presidential candidacy.”
Graham also announced the move on Fox News Thursday morning, after hinting at it to media and party leaders for weeks.
South Carolina’s senior senator has been critical of the party’s Libertarian faction and fought off a field of Tea Party challengers in the 2014 primary. He then won handily over a Democrat and independent candidate in the general election.