Lindsey Graham (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in 1955, Lindsey Graham is a Republican politician best known for his advocacy of strong U.S. national defense policy. Known for his willingness to collaborate with Democrats on a number of significant bipartisan issues, Lindsey Graham is an otherwise outspoken critic of libertarian groups such as the Tea Party. A strong Republican candidate with significant fundraising experience, Lindsey Graham announced his candidacy for the 2016 U.S. presidency in May 2015, from his home town of Centra, South Carolina.
Withdrawing from the race in December 2015, Lindsey Graham has asserted that he will continue to contribute to U.S. political discussion, particularly discussion centered around U.S. military and diplomatic policy in the Middle East.
A University of South Carolina law graduate and military man, Lindsey Graham served 33 years in the U.S. military, on both active duty and as a military prosecutor and defense attorney.
Defeating incumbent Democratic South Carolina House Representative Lowell W. Ross in 1992, Lindsey Graham made his debut in public office before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 and later the Senate in 2002.
Winning consecutive terms in the Senate, Lindsey Graham has been vocal in regard to his belief that the United States should take an interventionist approach to foreign policy. He has also caused controversy by stating a belief that as part of potential immigration reform, the United States should amend the 14th Amendment in the U.S. Constitution. In doing so, children born to immigrant parents would be stripped of any automatic birthright to U.S. Citizenship.
Also known for his view that free speech should be limited in some areas of discussion due to the fact that the United States is at war, Lindsey Graham is a supporter of the NSA and came out in support in 2013, of the agency’s domestic as well as foreign surveillance.
Referring to President Barack Obama’s withdrawal of troops from Iraq in 2011 as “reckless”, Lindsey Graham has cited himself as consistently being able to predict the failure of many of the Obama administration's foreign and domestic policy initiatives.