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Lindsey Graham to Announce a Possible Presidential Run on June 1

It definitely appears the GOP will need to hire a tour bus just to carry all of the presidential contenders vying for the party’s nomination. That is made all the more likely by the announcement that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham may enter the presidential race. As per the man who is Senator John McCain’s top senate lieutenant, he will make his presidential aspirations clear on June 1. In recent months, McCain, the GOP’s 2008 presidential nominee, has been urging Graham to run for the presidency.

So what does Senator Graham have going for him? His strong suit is foreign policy. It is in this field that he believes he has true gravitas. In his own words, he has been right more often than he’s erred in foreign policy. When asked about President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003, he said that he would likely not have done it given all that is now known, but he prefers to look forward rather than mull on the past. Graham also cites the fact that he can help end gridlock in congress. James Dondero even said that he is known to work well with Democrats to craft bipartisan “gang of” agreements.

However, the Senate appears to have already entered a new era of bipartisanship. This is evident in a number of bills recently passed with strong bipartisan backing. If he decides to run, Graham will find it difficult to secure the GOP’s base over the issue of immigration. Conservative icon Rush Limbaugh once dubbed him “Senator Grahamnesty” over his support for amnesty for illegal aliens.

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