Some attention might be gathering around Sen. Lindsey Graham, left, as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate, according to one national security observer. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP)
WASHINGTON — If the field of Republican candidates who could win the presidency in 2016 is slim, imagine the shallow pool of vice-presidential contenders. One longtime observer of national politics suggested a name that is very familiar to the national security sector: Sen. Lindsey Graham.
In an exchange about Graham’s re-election prospects, Lexington COO and defense consultant Loren Thompson suggested the South Carolina senator might be one of the few national Republicans who fits the “veep” bill.
“Lindsey Graham is one of the few legislators the GOP has produced in recent times who has a genuinely presidential temperament,” Thompson said. “A self-made man — his parents died early — he has a 30-year record of military service and a mature, thoughtful demeanor.
“He would be an excellent running mate for the next Republican presidential candidate,” Thompson said, “having exhibited all of the qualities required to be an effective chief executive.”
You may be thinking what we at CongressWatch thought: Hmm…
To be sure, Graham has a national presence. He frequently appears on cable news, and regularly is a guest on Sunday morning political shows. What’s more, Graham is a forceful critic of Democrats, and one could easily see him being the presidential candidate’s attack dog or bad cop.
Graham has been involved in major national policy debates about everything from tax and entitlement reform to foreign policy matters. He has traveled to far-away destinations to meet with foreign leaders and huddled with US presidents.
He has proven politically deft, as well, staring down the tea party in his current re-election bid — in which he appears ready to cruise to victory.
Vice President Graham? Hmm. Is Thompson the GOP “veep-stakes” summoner?
Pay close attention to which GOP candidates Graham shows up alongside in coming years, and hits the airwaves to defend. CongressWatch certainly will. ■