Monday December 21,2015 : R.A.W.A. SPONSOR WITHDRAWS FROM U.S. PRESIDENTIAL RACE
Sen. Lindsey Graham failed to attract support in his bid for the presidency.
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham (60), the politician who introduced Sheldon Adelson's Restoration of America's Wire Act to the Senate has withdrawn from the US presidential race where he was one of 14 candidates seeking the Republican Party nomination.
“Today, I’m suspending my campaign for president,” Graham said in a short video posted to YouTube. “I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. You have honored me with your support. I believe we have run a campaign you can be proud of. We put forth bold and practical solutions to real problems.”
“Four months ago at the very first debate, I said that any candidate who did not understand that we need more troops on the ground in Iraq and Syria to defeat ISIL was not ready to be Commander in Chief,” Graham continued. “At the time, no one stepped forward to join me. Today, most of my fellow candidates have come to recognize this is what’s needed to secure our homeland.
“While we have run a campaign that has made a real difference, I have concluded this is not my time.”
Media assessments of the senator have generally concluded that he was unable to generate sufficient appeal in national polls and was relegated to the so-called undercard during most of the Republican debates – even failing to qualify for one in November.
In national surveys conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post, Graham never received more than 1 percent support from likely Republican voters. And according to a recent CBS News/YouGov South Carolina poll, he registered just 1 percent support among GOP voters in his home state.