South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is headed to New Hampshire next week – and again the week after — as he seriously considers a presidential candidacy.
The New Hampshire Journal first reported two weeks ago that Graham and top advisor Christian Ferry had begun reaching out to Granite State Republican activists and that plans for a visit were in the works.
Ferry told the Journal on Monday that Graham has now scheduled an appearance at a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast at the Bedford Village Inn for next Monday, March 9, and an appearance at the “Wild Irish Breakfast” in Nashua, benefiting the PLUS Company on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. Both are traditional stops for would-be presidential hopefuls.
“Senator Graham is excited to visit with New Hampshire voters and activists to talk about the urgent issues our country is facing, particularly on the subject of national security, foreign policy, and America’s leadership around the world,” Ferry said. “This will be his first trip to New Hampshire since forming Security Through Strength, a political committee helping him test the waters for a potential 2016 run for President.”
Graham in late January announced the formation of the PAC and his intention to enter the formal “testing the waters” phase.
Graham, 59, is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an outspoken critic of the Obama administration’s policies, particularly on national security and its approach to terrorist and other international threats. He is a close friend of two-time New Hampshire Primary winner Sen. John McCain, who chairs the Armed Services Committee, and with New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who also serves on that committee.
Another New Hampshire friend of Graham is Republican National Committeeman Steve Duprey, a former top advisor to McCain. Duprey’s RNC post requires him to remain neutral in the presidential primary, but he told the Journal in February, “I hope (Graham) gets in.”