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Editorial: Sen. Graham

Posted: January 20, 2015 5:17 p.m.
Updated: January 21, 2015 1:00 a.m.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Sen. John McCain of Arizona have been buddies for a long time, and they're cut out of the same cloth: moderate Republicans who are willing to cross the aisle to get legislation passed. The far-right wing of the GOP makes a lot of noise about whacking Graham down to size, but he keeps winning elections by sizeable margins. That suits us fine. We'll have to admit we thought it was pretty funny recently when McCain said he’d like to see his “illegitimate son, Lindsey Graham” make a run for the White House.

Lo and behold, it was only a couple days later Graham announced on one of the Sunday talk shows -- he's a regular on them -- he was exploring the option of running for president. In a year when there’s no clear front-runner for the GOP nomination, he obviously thinks he has something to offer. We think so, too, but we also see him as the ultimate long shot.

Graham, though popular here in Kershaw County and across South Carolina, has limited name recognition beyond the South. With several prominent and better-known Republicans eager to jump into the presidential race, Graham faces a tough hurdle. But stranger things have happened. Graham is hawkish on defense, conservative on financial matters and more moderate than many in his party when it comes to social issues, where the GOP has room to connect better with voters rather than its behind-the-bedroom-door policies of the past. We suspect Graham will do some investigating and find it difficult to win the financial backing to mount a full-fledged campaign. But it will be fun to watch this Palmetto State favorite son jump into the deep end of the pool.

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