Last updated on April 26, 2015
South Carolina Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham, has launched his Security Through Strength committee to underwrite his political activities as he travels seeking support for his presidential campaign.
Graham, who recently won a third Senate term, is not shy about his admiration of Ronald Reagan.
In a statement released on his committee website, Graham cited Regan’s “peace through strength” policy for keeping the US safe during the Cold War.
“But we will never enjoy peaceful co-existence with radical Islam because its followers are committed to destroying us and our way of life,” Graham said. “However, America can have ‘Security through Strength’ and I will continue to lead in that critical fight.”
During a recent NBC Meet the Press interview, Graham previewed what he referred to as a ‘testing the waters” presidential committee.
While he is close allies with Senator John McCain, chairman of the Armed Services Committee and the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who continually encourages Graham to seek presidency, Graham is also well-known for his vocal criticism of current President Obama’s foreign policy.
“I’m looking for security, not peace with radical Islam and that means we need partners,” Graham said in a Fox TV interview.
Graham’s Security Through Strength committee, “will allow people to donate money and their time and resources to see if there is a pathway forward for me.
Admittedly Graham is not as well known throughout the country as several of the Republicans eyeing the 2016 White House race, but he is active on the airwaves; an action that could give him an advantage in the “first in the South” primary.
At the same time, communications director of the Democratic National Committee, Mo Elleithee, feels Graham’s approach to foreign policy is reckless and that his “entry into the race speaks volumes, however, about just how weak the 2016 Republican field is.”