U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has officially announced he is running for president. If he gets elected, he will be breaking 130 years of tradition – America has not elected a bachelor as president since 1885.
Lindsey Graham vows to be commander-in-chief starting day 1
Banking on his extensive experience in military service from as early as 1982, his launching speech focused on foreign and domestic military policies. He said that his primary motivation of entering the race is because he wants to protect the nation from all terrorist threats, foreign or domestic.
Graham told his supporters that Americans will never enjoy peaceful co-existence with radical Islam. He took jabs at Mr Barack Obama’s soft stance against the “enemy.”
“We’ve made some dangerous mistakes in recent years. The Obama Administration, and some of my colleagues in Congress, substituted wishful thinking for sound national security strategy. Every day the headlines attest to the failures of the Obama/Clinton policies,” Graham said in his speech.
He said the world is already exploding in terror but the worst is yet to come. He said the biggest threat lies in the nuclear ambitions of the radical Islamists who control Iran.
“If the United States isn’t firm in our intention to deny them such weapons, 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,” he said.
He said that Obama’s failed leadership has put the nation’s closest ally, Israel, at risk.
“We share values, we share democracy, and our friendship is unbreakable. To our friends in Israel, I will never abandon you. I will always stand firm in supporting the one and only Jewish state,” Graham emphatically said.
He also said that the nation is facing threat from its old adversaries: Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin and China with its bold claim in the South China Sea. He said that U.S. allies are already feeling the weakness of America under the Obama administration.
With all these, Graham declared he is running for president “because I am ready to be commander-in-chief on day one.”
“I served in the Air Force for thirty-three years. I spent much of my adult life as part of a team committed to defending America.
“Politicians focus on elections. The military focuses on the mission.
“If given the privilege to serve as your President, I’ll focus on the mission – to defend America, protect our way of life, and leave the next generation a stronger, safer, better nation than we inherited.”
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Graham breaks 130 years of American tradition
If Graham gets elected, he will be breaking 130 years of American tradition: he would be the first bachelor president since the nineteenth century. The last unmarried president was in 1885 when in the same year the Washington Monument was inaugurated and the Statue of Liberty arrived in New York, CNN noted.
This fact is a disadvantage, though, according to David Woodward, a professor of political science at Clemson University. He said Graham cannot play the card of being a loving husband or father like his rivals.
“America elects not only a president but also a First Family and a First Lady. You have a little bit of an image problem there because he doesn’t have a wife and kids at home. I think that’s one thing that’s really different, and I think harmful frankly,” Woodward told CNN.
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