Friday, July 3, 2015

Graham Going For 2016 GOP Nomination

I hear Goebbels is going to be his vice president:

"Lindsey Graham seeks GOP nomination, says he will confront perils" by Bill Barrow Associated Press  June 02, 2015

CENTRAL, S.C. — Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina opened his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination Monday with a grim accounting of radical Islam ‘‘running wild’’ in a world also imperiled by Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

He dedicated himself to defeating US adversaries — a commitment that would place thousands of troops back in Iraq, essentially reengaging in a war launched in 2003.

Obama already beat him to it, the occupation never really ended, and now ISIS™ is giving the U.S. an excuse to go everywhere.

‘‘I’ve got one simple message,’’ he told supporters in the small town where he grew up. ‘‘I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race. That includes you, Hillary.’’

To WAR!!

In that fashion, he took on Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton — the former secretary of state — as well as non-interventionists in his own party and rivals with little to no foreign policy experience.

Graham, 59, becomes the first candidate in either party to hail from one of the first four states that cast presidential primary ballots. Iowa and New Hampshire lead, followed by South Carolina and Nevada. He plans appearances this week in New Hampshire and Iowa if the Senate schedule lets him go.

Having won his third term in November, Graham is a prominent Senate voice in seeking a more muscular foreign policy and one who casts the threats facing the United States in particularly dark terms.

I'm sorry, but basing a campaign on false fear isn't going to get it done for me.

‘‘Simply put, radical Islam is running wild,’’ he said. ‘‘They have more safe havens, more money, more weapons, and more capability to strike our homeland than any time since 9/11. They are large, they are rich, and they’re entrenched.’’

That's because they are being created, funded, and directed by government intelligence agencies.

He said as president, he would ‘‘make them small, poor, and on the run.’’

‘‘I’m afraid some Americans have grown tired of fighting them,’’ he said. ‘‘I have bad news to share with you — the radical Islamists are not tired of fighting you.’’

That's not a winning campaign strategy.

Despite his focus on Islamic State militants in those two nations, Graham said Iran poses the gravest threat.

It's well known that Graham is a servant of Israel, and the blackmail regarding his sexual preference is sure to keep it that way.

If the United States does not head off a nuclear capability in Iran, Graham said, ‘‘Iran will trigger a nuclear arms race in the least stable region on Earth and make it more likely that people who aspire to genocide will have the most effective means to commit it.’’

RelatedIran shows signs of compromise on nuclear inspections" by David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon New York Times  July 02, 2015

That's odd. My print told me "Iran questioned the legitimacy of countries that don’t accept the International Atomic Energy Agency’s jurisdiction demanding that Iran be subject to tougher requirements than any other nation. RIA-Novosti reported that Russia also backed Iran’s position that additional inspection guidelines for Iran weren’t necessary. The official was making a clear reference to Israel, a state widely presumed to maintain an undeclared nuclear arsenal, but the marker will be a cause of concern for the Obama administration and some of its negotiating partners.... Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks"


He said recently there is no avoiding the reality that more Americans will have to fight and die to defend the country.

Maybe not, but we CAN AVOID YOU on the PRIMARY BALLOT!

Related: Netanyahu To The West–Destroy Iran Before Israel Destroys You

That explained a lot regarding US and EU foreign policy.

His approach contrasts with that of fellow senator and presidential candidate, Kentucky’s Rand Paul, who favors less military intervention. And his blunt talk about more troops and casualties stands out even among other Republican contenders.

No wonder they are ripping Rand Paul.


I don't how far along he will get with the war agenda; he's not even going to win his home state ion the primary:

"2016 candidate Lindsey Graham has problems at home in South Carolina" by James Pindell Globe Staff  June 03, 2015

BARRINGTON, N.H. — Since the modern presidential primary system began nearly 50 years ago, no one from a state that holds an early primary or caucus has been elected president — or even come close.

But this week, a senator from the third state on the nominating calender, South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham, announced his bid for president. Because of his state’s prominent role in picking the next president, Graham’s Palmetto State roots present a far riskier proposition for Graham than the 18 other Republicans who are either running or poised to run.

Other candidates could survive if they place fourth or worse in the South Carolina primary, which traditionally follows the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary. Graham’s worst-case scenariolosing his home state primary badly — could be politically fatal and risks the relevance of his state’s historic “first-in-the-south” primary.

If — and polls show it’s a big if — Graham does well in Iowa and New Hampshire, Furman University political science professor Brent Nelson said it will raise expectations for him at home and perhaps keep others from competing there.

“What I’m worried about is that having a favorite son in the South Carolina primary will change the calculations for the other candidates and may push some to bypass South Carolina and concentrate on Florida,” Nelson said. “That would really hurt the quality and importance of the South Carolina GOP primary.”

History shows candidates in home-state presidential primaries don’t fare well.

In 2000, Senator Bob Smith, frustrated by his poor showing in his home state of New Hampshire’s GOP primary, ran as an independent. The stunt angered Granite State Republicans so much they denied him the GOP nomination for reelection two years later.

In other elections, those who ran didn’t so much hurt their own political future, but they risked diminishing the voice of their constituents. In 1992, Senator Tom Harkin made the Iowa caucuses irrelevant because no one else dared to challenge the popular pol at home. It was the only state Harkin won in the Democratic nominating contest.

In the 2008 contest, former Iowa governor Tom Vilsack, a Democrat, never led a single poll in Iowa. Citing lack of funds, Vilsack was a candidate for only 85 days, dropping out nearly a year before the Hawkeye State voted.

The last major candidate to run for president from South Carolina was then-Senator Fritz Hollings. The Democrat dropped out two days after the 1984 New Hampshire primary.

In an April interview with the Globe, Graham said that, like Hollings, he would drop out if he doesn’t do well enough in the first two contests, in Iowa and New Hampshire.

“I won’t run to just win South Carolina,” said Graham. “If I didn’t think I could win South Carolina, I wouldn’t be running. But if I don’t do well in Iowa and New Hampshire, I will drop out and help somebody else. I am not running to be the president of South Carolina. I am running to get the nomination.” 

I already think he is doing that.

South Carolina Republican Party chairman Matt Moore said Graham, like others, will have to campaign hard to win the state’s primary. He said he has seen no evidence the state is losing any relevance. “Candidates have flocked to South Carolina in recent weeks despite Senator Graham’s exploring a presidential bid. The state is as relevant as ever,” he said. “Senator Graham might have some home-field advantage, but again, he has to make a strong case to be elected president.”

You can’t blame Graham for feeling confident about his chances in his home state. He ran for the South Carolina House once, US House five times, and Senate three times — and he never lost. The Greenville (S.C.) News this week proclaimed Graham the state’s most powerful Republican, but there are signs he cannot rely on the Palmetto State as his political firewall during the presidential primary.

The most recent poll of South Carolina Republicans shows Graham tied for third at 8 points. Also, the state’s conservatives, Nelson said, don’t love Graham. Many South Carolina GOP activists consider him to be a moderate Republican, particularly because of his strong support for immigration legislation.

It’s why South Carolina state Senator Lee Bright, who challenged Graham last year for the GOP nomination for Senate, believes Graham might be more welcome elsewhere. “You have the favorite son in the play, but I think he is going to have a tougher time winning in South Carolina than he has ever before. In the past he has just outspent people like he did me almost 30-to-1,” said Bright. “I think this election is different and that he will do worse in South Carolina than expected, and he will do better in New Hampshire than expected.”


Have you seen his campaign logo yet?