9:36 AM, Mar 10, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows Florida senator Marco Rubio and Wisconsin governor Scott Walker have the most goodwill among Republican primary voters ahead of both men's possible bids for the presidency.
The wide-ranging poll surveyed registered GOP presidential primary voters about the long list of potential candidates, asking if they could see themselves supporting each one. Of those polled, 56 percent said they could see themselves supporting Rubio, with 53 percent saying the same about Walker.
Rubio, however, received a higher percentage of those saying they could not see themselves supporting him for president (26 percent) compared to Walker (17 percent).
The other candidates register significantly worse ratings on one or both questions. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, for instance, has 53 percent of voters who say they could see themselves supporting him—but 40 percent who say they could not. There are similar numbers for former Florida governor Jeb Bush (49 percent who could support, 42 percent who could not), Kentucky senator Rand Paul (49 percent and 40 percent), and former Texas governor Rick Perry (45 percent and 40 percent).
Some potential candidates may suffer from being relatively unknown to Republican primary voters. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, for instance, gets 41 percent from people who say they could vote for him and just 18 percent who say they couldn't, while 38 percent told the pollster they did not know his name. There are similar numbers for Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (36 percent, 25 percent, and 36 percent), and former HP CEO and California Senate candidate Carly Fiorina (18 percent, 25 percent, and 54 percent).
Others look deeply in trouble. Fifty-seven percent of those polled said they could not see themselves supporting New Jersey governor Chris Christie, with just 32 percent saying the could. South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham doesn't do any better, with 51 percent saying they could not support him and 20 percent saying they could.
And what about Donald Trump? The real estate mogul, media celebrity, and perennial almost-but-not-quite-ran has almost no goodwill among GOP primary voters. A full 74 percent say they could not see themselves supporting the Donald, while 23 percent say they could. (In a testament to Trump's celebrity, just one percent said they didn't know his name, the best rating among the candidates.)
The poll also looked at a hypothetical match-up between Jeb Bush and possible Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, measuring the opinions of registered voters overall. Both Bush and Clinton had similiar negative ratings (34 percent and 36 percent, respectively), but while Bush, the brother and son of the former presidents, had just a 23 percent positive rating, Clinton, the wife of another former president, had a 44 percent positive rating.
3:44 PM, Feb 26, 2015 • By JACKSON RICHMAN
On January 6, less than a week after Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas signed the treaty to join the International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the PA will become a member of the international tribunal on April 1.
Lindsey Graham offers Republican voters regime change.2:22 PM, Feb 24, 2015 • By RICH DANKER
Lindsey Graham is no one’s idea of a hot presidential candidate. Pulling in 1 percent support in the mid-February CNN/ORC International poll of prospective Republican nominees, he’s at the very bottom, alongside Carly Fiorina and Bobby Jindal.
Handicapping the 2016 GOP fieldFeb 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 23 • By STEPHEN F. HAYES
It’s still two years before the next president takes the oath of office, but the contest that will determine who raises his right hand that day started in earnest last month for Republicans, with a grassroots gathering in Iowa and a meeting of high-dollar donors in California.
"Testing the waters" for 2016.11:44 AM, Jan 29, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has launched a new political action committee for "testing the waters" for a presidential run in 2016. The Republican, in his third term, has started Security Through Strength, a PAC that bluntly describes itself as a group to "fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy."
America should 'attack' North Korea's 'infrastructure' 7:01 PM, Dec 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham said on CNN earlier today that China was likely involved in the hack attack on Sony.
"I can't imagine anything this massive happening in North Korea without China being involved or at least knowing about it,"the Republican senator said on CNN.
8:43 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called for the formation of a Benghazi select committee in the Senate. He made the comments on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, according to a partial transcript of the show provided by a producer.
"Other questions about the new Congress, senator," Hewitt said, according to the transcript, "do you imagine that there will be expansion of the House select committee on Benghazi to include senators?"
7:09 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
South Carolina has elected the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction, with Republican Tim Scott winning his race to complete a term to the Senate after having been appointed to the seat in 2013. Scott is the first African American popularly elected to the Senate in the old Confederacy.
Scott's fellow Palmetto State Republican Lindsey Graham was also elected to a third term to the Senate. The Associated Press has projected both races:
5:50 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In response to a report that the Obama administration may cut U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan to below 10,000, senators Lindsey Graham, Kelly Ayotte, and John McCain have released a statement. Read it below:
We hope a recent press report that the White House is considering a post-2014 force in Afghanistan well below the recommendations of our military commanders is incorrect.
3:24 PM, Feb 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign of Lindsey Graham, the two-term Republican senator from South Carolina facing several primary challengers this year, is making significant radio and TV ad buys this week in markets around the Palmetto State. The purchase price of the ads is reportedly $220,000.
Lindsey Graham’s recipe for success Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The pungent scent of sauerkraut permeates the room, but Lindsey Graham doesn’t have time to try it, or the pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel at the buffet. Each one of the few dozen business types gathered to celebrate the opening of a local chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce wants a chance to meet the senator, and Graham is more than eager to chat. An aide brings him a Coke Zero (his favorite), which he sips intermittently.
6:18 PM, Sep 1, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama has some work to do if he wants congressional authority to bomb Syria. Already some of his liberal allies are questioning the evidence which is supposed to show that Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons on his own people.
10:11 AM, Aug 25, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement released this morning, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham call for the U.S. to "take limited military actions in Syria."
4:44 PM, Jun 24, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a letter sent to the Russian ambassador the U.S., Senator Lindsey Graham asks that Edward Snowden be turned over to American authorities.
"The Snowden case is an important test of the 'reset' in relations between our two countries. Mr. Snowden's own statements have made clear his guilt. If our two nations are to have a constructive relationship moving forward, Russian cooperation in this matter is essential," writes Graham.
8:02 AM, May 23, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Three U.S. senators have identified the missing parts of the response to the Benghazi terror attack. In a statement, Senators Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain list "What We Do Not Know" about Benghazi: