Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) will reportedly formally enter the 2016 presidential race in June, according to reports.
Politico reported that Graham has been “telling donors that June 1 is the likely date for his presidential announcement,” which would likely take place “near his home base of Seneca,” South Carolina.
Graham has vowed to highlight his hawkish foreign policy views and national security credentials in a campaign. He was also a member of the Senate’s Gang of Eight that pushed for comprehensive amnesty legislation last year and has said he would veto any bill that does not give full citizenship to illegal immigrants.
“If I were president of the United States, I would veto any bill that did not have a pathway to citizenship,” Graham, one of the most vocal pro-amnesty Republicans, recently told USA Today.
Graham was in fourth place in a recent Winthrop University South Carolina primary poll, getting 7.6% support. But more than six in 10 Evangelicals in the Palmetto State said they “cannot see themselves supporting Graham.” Just 58.2% of South Carolinians approved of Graham’s job performance compared to 79% for Gov. Nikki Haley (R) and 83% for Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).