Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) endorsed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush for president Friday.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 15, 2016
“I have concluded without any hesitation, without any doubt that Jeb Bush is ready on day one to be a commander-in-chief,” Graham said during his endorsement.
“I think that Jeb, by any reasonable definition, is a fiscal and social conservative and above all others he understands conservatism when it comes to national security,” Graham said. “Conservatism when it comes to national security is building a strong military second to none and using it smartly and forming alliances that will make us safe over here. Jeb has come to conclude, as I have, that you have two choices in fighting this war, fight it over there smartly or fight it in our backyard.”
“Ladies and gentleman, South Carolina is gonna reset this race,” Graham continued. “On February 20th, we’re going to give Jeb Bush the momentum that he needs and deserves to win the nomination. And to the Republican Party, Jeb Bush is going to be a nominee that can win an election that as a party that we can’t afford to lose.”
Graham added that Bush “understands truly what makes America great.”
Graham ended his own presidential campaign last month.
Graham’s presidential bid was plagued by low poll numbers, and he never qualified for a prime-time debate.