Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks at the FITN Republican Leadership Conference in Nashua, NH in 2015.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has served in the Senate since 2002, where he has focused mainly on foreign policy and military issues.

Before being elected to the Senate, he served eight years in the U.S. House.

Graham has also served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, the South Carolina Air National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel.

Graham has positioned himself as an advocate of strong national defense and an aggressive foreign policy. He also has a reputation for negotiating deals with Democrats in the Senate and has often been at odds with Tea Party-aligned Republicans.

Graham announced his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination on June 1, 2015.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham headlined a local Chamber of Commerce event at The Halligan Tavern in Derry Monday morning, where he told the roughly three dozen people in attendance that his presidential candidacy rides on earning the support of Granite State voters.

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Republican Lindsey Graham is set to take part in a candidate forum Monday morning in Derry. But it's his plans for next weekend that may help boost his profile in the Granite State.

According to multiple news outlets, the South Carolina U.S. Senator will campaign with Arizona Senator John McCain, one of Graham’s closest Senate allies and a two-time winner of the first in the nation presidential primary.

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It's going to be a busy day for presidential politics in New Hampshire.

Four Republicans seeking the presidential nomination and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton are in the state Thursday to campaign from Windham to Franklin to Stratham.

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Republican Lindsey Graham continues to make foreign policy a centerpiece of his presidential campaign - and one of the issues he's speaking most about is the Obama Administration's effort to reach a deal over Iran's nuclear program. 

Speaking Sunday in Hooksett, Graham said the U.S. was "about to enter into a deal that I think's a nightmare" and said any agreement should require more from Tehran before lifting any economic sanctions.  

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Campaigning in Manchester, Republican Lindsey Graham said if he were president, he’d deploy 20,000 troops to the Middle East. Graham said national security dictates that the fight ISIS in Iraq and join those trying to topple Syrian Leader Bashar al-Assad.

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina has served in the Senate since 2002, where he has focused mainly on foreign policy and military issues.

Before being elected to the Senate, he served eight years in the U.S. House.

Graham has also served as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force, the South Carolina Air National Guard, and the U.S. Air Force Reserve, attaining the rank of colonel.

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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a possible Republican presidential candidate, will spend part of a two-day swing through New Hampshire touring a business with Sen. Kelly Ayotte.

Graham and Ayotte, who have worked closely in the Senate on foreign policy issues, are scheduled to tour New Hampshire Ball Bearings in Laconia on Thursday afternoon. The tour is part of Ayotte's official schedule, and Graham is joining her to see the facility, meet workers and discuss their support of legislation reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank.