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Graham to Visit Iowa As He Explores 2016 Run for President

By    |   Thursday, 12 February 2015 09:13 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham will visit Iowa next week as he explores a potential presidential run next year.

The South Carolina Republican will meet with Republican activists and Iowa citizens during his visit to the Hawkeye State, reports The Washington Post.

Graham's visit is scheduled for Feb. 19 and 20, according to the Post, although his spokesman would not reveal the senator's itinerary since it is still being worked out.

This will mark the first time Graham visits Iowa as a potential presidential candidate. He launched an exploratory committee last month for his potential presidential aspirations, called "Security through Strength."

"This organization will allow people to donate money and their time and resources to see if there is a pathway forward for me," Graham said.

Graham served in the House for eight years before joining the Senate in 2003. His foreign policy expertise would help him should he decide to run, as he's been a harsh critic of President Barack Obama's dealings with other nations.

Graham, 59, has a strong supporter in Arizona Sen. John McCain, who has promised to help Graham raise money if he joins the race.

Graham sits on four Senate committees: Appropriations, Armed Services, Budget, and Judiciary.

Obama unveiled a plan to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS) terror group on Wednesday, which does not include using American ground troops.

Graham responded to the plan by calling it "fatally flawed."

"It's an unsound military strategy," Graham said in other comments.  "I think it's immoral if the authorization doesn't allow for us to counter [Syria President Bashar al-]Assad's air power."

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