With former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney bowing out of the 2016 Republican presidential race even before officially getting in, talk on Sunday’s news shows shifted to other potential candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Arkansas Gove Mike Huckabee.
And Sen. Lindsey Graham?
The senior senator from South Carolina, who’s exploring the possibility of exploring a presidential run, received some face-time and chatter on the news shows Sunday. He received a full-throated endorsement from his good friend Sen. John McCain.
‘Obviously, Senator Lindsey Graham is the person I’m supporting,’ McCain, R-Ariz., said Sunday on CNN’s ‘State of the Union.’ ‘I think Lindsey Graham will do very well in debates. In New Hampshire, he will shine in the town hall meetings.’
Graham, for his part, touted his presidential qualifications on CBS’ ‘Face the Nation.’
‘I’m very comfortable that I’m in the mainstream of conservatism,’ he said. ‘I have done well in a red state. And when it comes to national security and understanding the threats our nation faces, I believe I’m the best qualified on our side of the aisle to offer an alternative to a failed foreign policy of Barack Obama.’
He even named a potential Supreme Court nominee for the Graham White House: Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., chair of the special House committee investigating the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
‘When it comes to Supreme Court justices, if I get to be president, I would nominate Trey Gowdy,’ he said. ‘And I would expect Democrats to vote for him because he’s a qualified person. I thought (Sonia) Sotomayor and (Elena) Kagan, while I would not have chosen them, were very qualified candidates to be picked by a Democratic president.’