South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham plans to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Monday morning at his childhood home in a rural part of his home state.
Graham, a three-term Senator known for his hawkish foreign policy views, told CBS in May that he was considering a run because “the world is falling apart.” And campaign materials suggest that he will promote an agenda of “security through strength.”
With his run for president, Graham, who is undefeated in national previous national elections, will likely find himself as the underdog for the first time. Beyond foreign policy, Graham has a fairly limited national profile. Furthermore, the Republican is set to be among a dozen or so other contenders, many of whom eclipse Graham in recent polling.
Before his election to the Senate in 2002, Graham, 59, spent eight years in the House of Representatives. Before joining Congress, he served as a judge and lawyer in the Air Force, a position he only formally retired from this year.