Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced on June 1, 2015 that he was running for President. He posted a tweet, sent out at 9:26 am CST, to announce his candidacy.

The announcement itself was delivered in a speech in his hometown of Central, South Carolina, in which he outlined his motivation for a run:

“I am running for president of the United States because I am ready to be commander-in-chief on day one…to defend our nation with a sound strategy, a strong military, stable alliances and a steady determination. I have more experience with our national security than any other candidate in this race. That includes you, Hillary.”

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In announcing his intention to seek the presidency, Graham becomes the ninth candidate to join an already diverse GOP presidential field, including fellow Republican Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY), former Governors Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and George Pataki (R-NY), former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), former pediatric neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina as declared Republican candidates.

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