With the field of potential GOP presidential candidates already packed to the gills with would-be presidents, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) threw his name into the mix on Sunday’s Meet the Press.
Explaining that he has formed a presidential exploratory committee, he detailed, “I don’t know where this will go, but I’m definitely going to look at it.” Adding later on ABC’s This Week, he challenged,
“Look, it’s wide open. Anybody could be a contender… The voters will make that decision and that’s the way it ought to be.”
With an apparent endorsement already in his pocket, one of Graham’s closest allies, Sen. John McCain, revealed that he has strongly encouraged his Senate compatriot to run, “No one understands the world today in the way that Linsey Graham does, in my view.”
Graham had already dropped hints before the midterm election that he might consider seriously a White House run, “If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking — me and McCain have been talking — I may just jump in to get to make these arguments.”