Republican presidential candidate Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during the CNN presidential debate at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 .
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January 15, 2016 10:57 AM EST

South Carolina senator and onetime GOP presidential candidate Lindsey Graham endorsed Jeb Bush Friday, backing the former Florida governor despite flagging poll numbers nationwide and in key primary states.

At a news conference in South Carolina Friday, Graham, who focused his short-lived presidential bid on national security, said he liked what he heard from Bush at the debate the previous night.

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“Last night I heard from Jeb Bush the right answer,” Graham said with Bush at his side. “He demonstrated somebody in my view who is ready on day one to be commander-in-chief.”

In his endorsement, Graham also took a…

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