Graham’s out if New Hampshire won’t show him love

December 16, 2015

Lindsey Graham won’t hold on to his presidential ambitions unless New Hampshire voters will come out in force for him.

The Republican presidential candidate said he would “re-evaluate” his campaign if he doesn’t finish in third or fourth place in New Hampshire’s primary election in early February, though he stopped short of naming whom he would favor and slammed current leading candidates for policies he said were pushing voters away from the Republican Party. 

Speaking after Tuesday night’s undercard debate for low-polling candidates, Graham said he would “reevaluate and get out and have somebody else” if he doesn’t begin climbing in the polls or fare well in New Hampshire, which holds the second primary election, following the Iowa caucus.

During the debate, Graham said he would ultimately support whoever becomes the party’s nominee, though he might “sleep late” on Election Day if the party chooses real-estate mogul Donald Trump.

Graham has been critical of the celebrity Republican candidate, particularly over his proposal to ban all Muslims coming into the United States.  He doubled down during the TV face-off, saying that American Muslims fighting in the U.S. military are part of “what makes us great.”

Graham also lashed out at Senator Ted Cruz, who has recently been rising in polls, for being hard to work with and divisive.

“The next president needs to bring us together and bring out the best in both parties,” Graham said. “When I think of that requirement, the last person I think of is Ted Cruz.”

On the potential of a Trump versus Cruz showdown, Graham said: “That’s contest I don’t want to ever see.”

Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham speaks during the Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada December 15, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

No comments so far

We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/