It is getting to be that time in the presidential election that members of both parties start dropping from the ballot and focusing on other ventures. Today's candidate to drop was Lindsay Graham. He said that "While we have run a campaign that has made a real difference, I have concluded this is not my time."
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Graham was running on a platform that focused on national security, fighting terrorism, and conservative values - but his name didn't carry much clout in a race that is rewarding the outspoken.
In a statement Monday on Sidewire, a political news analysis app, Graham said, "While I am not prepared to make an endorsement, I will continue to speak out in support of candidates who share my commitment to defeating ISIL & solving our nation’s most difficult problems."
Many Republicans are worried because the people who would made a good difference for them are falling to the wayside for people like Donald Trump. One of those Republicans was Senator John McCain of Arizona, who said:
"Republicans lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate, not to mention the candidate with the best (and it seemed sometimes the only) sense of humor. Despite the disadvantages he faced in resources and debate opportunities, Lindsey’s message of serious statesmanship and problem-solving in public affairs, his forthright opposition to policies and attitudes that would endanger our country and reflect poorly on our party, and his genuine decency and humility won him many new admirers."
Graham stood out because he was willing to work with Democrats instead of just trying to steamroll them.
"This has been a problem solver’s campaign. However the centerpiece of my campaign has been securing our nation," Graham said in his farewell video. "I got into this race to put forward a plan to win a war we cannot afford to lose and to turn back the tide of isolationism that was rising in our party. I believe we have made enormous progress in this effort."
While his race for the White House is over, many expect that he could be in the running to be a defense secretary if the Republicans win the White House.
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The Democratic National Committee issued a statement noting that the GOP pledged after the 2012 election to reach out to Hispanic voters, but "the one presidential candidate who has consistently favored comprehensive immigration reform just dropped out of the race after attracting virtually no support."