U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said this weekend he is increasingly leaning towards a run for the White House next year.
Graham told Greenwood affiliate WCRS this weekend that he plans to make a decision on any presidential campaign by the end of May. “I’m more likely than not to do it,” he told talk show host Anne Eller. “I’ve got to make sure I can get the financing in place, get people to help me raise the money, and also look at the issues.”
Even though a new Winthrop University poll released last week had him in fourth place among potential Republican candidates in South Carolina, Graham was confident he could do well in his home state. “I’ve just gotten reelected at home. I feel good about South Carolina,” he said.
During an appearance on FOX News Sunday, the senator said he was “91 percent sure” of entering the presidential race.
Graham, a former Air Force prosecutor, plans to focus on his foreign policy credentials and his experience reaching across party lines. “National security is a top issue throughout the entire country,” he told WCRS. “National security and terrorism are on the minds of a lot of people. I think I’ve got a lot to offer in terms of how to defend this nation.”
South Carolina’s senior senator has been making the rounds in the early primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire, in addition to his home state, particularly courting veterans organizations and military families.
Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WCRS contributed to this report