Sen. Lindsey Graham seems ready to join the cadre of Republicans running for president in 2016.
The South Carolina senator confirmed Monday that he will be making his 2016 announcement on June 1 in Central, S.C., in an interview on “CBS This Morning.”
“On Friday, you said there was a 99.9 percent chance that you’re going to make an announcement to run for president,” co-host Gayle King told Graham. “You know when you’re a little kid and your mom says there’s no time like the present. We offer you this beautiful platform.”
“Well, it is a beautiful platform. But it’s not as beautiful as Central, South Carolina, where I will make an announcement on June 1,” Graham said. “You’re all welcome to come and spend money when you do it. And I’m going to tell you what I’m going to do about running for president.”
Graham then all but admitted his 2016 plans when pressed by co-host Charlie Rose on the role of foreign policy in 2016 and if the South Carolina senator thinks his chops on world affairs sets him apart.
“That’s really a good question. I’ve got the best job in the world, a senator from South Carolina. I’ve got a very comfortable life,” Graham said. “I’m running because of what you see on television. I’m running because I think the world is falling apart. I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy. It’s not the fault of others or their 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’ve had six primary opponents in my last election is because I’ve been accused of working with Democrats too much,” Graham said. “In my view, Democrats and Republicans work together too little and I would try to change that if I got to be president. And when it came to radical Islam, I’d would go after them before they come back here again.”
Graham is one of multiple Republicans set to make an announcement over the next three weeks, with former Sen. Rick Santorum poised to do so in Butler, Pa., on May 27, former New York Gov. George Pataki on May 28, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas on June 4.