The plot gets thicker as South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham entered the White House race Monday. Graham has a perfect record at the ballot box, but I don’t think that streak will continue.
The announcement was a heart tugging event, with Graham’s sister, Darline, telling the story of their family’s humble upbringing in a one room apartment behind the pool hall and liquor store their father operated. The event became more emotional, as Darline told the story of Lindsey stepping up when both their parents died within 15 months of each other.
Then Darline told the story of how she and Lindsey were orphaned when their mother died of Hodgkin lymphoma in 1976 and their father died 15 months later of a heart attack.
“I can remember the day my father passed away, standing in the living room of that house, absolutely scared to death. And Lindsey wrapped his arms around me and promised me that he would always be there for me, and always take care of me. And I can assure he’s done that. He has never let me down,” Darline said.
Senator Graham, while appearing to be an outcast in this race, will be a good guy to have around. The senior senator will keep other candidates on their toes, especially when it comes to national security.
Graham’s speech, on substance, was centered around his foreign policy credentials and his willingness to deal forcefully with America’s challenges abroad and at home.
“I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race. That includes you, Hillary,” Graham said, with a reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.