On national security, Graham agrees there’s a lot of energy behind libertarianism in the GOP, but he sees that as all the more reason to stand firm on the idea that America ought to engage—sometimes militarily—in the Middle East and the broader world. “I still think the vast majority of us are in the Ronald Reagan camp of peace through strength,” he says. “But there’s this debate going on in the party, and I want to be part of that debate. It’s not bad to have an alternative view. I just want to make sure my side wins.” It helps that he’s one of the Senate’s authorities on national security issues, regularly briefing the Republican conference alongside John McCain.
Update: Graham's campaign has also released a 30-second TV ad. Watch it below: