Lindsey Graham says he has the ability to "be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work"

By Tierney McAfee
Updated May 18, 2015 06:10 PM
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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is joining the 2016 presidential race, he said Monday.

Although he won’t officially announce his plans to run until June 1, the Republican senator declared during an interview with CBS This Morning, “I am running because I think the world is falling apart.”

“I’ve been more right than wrong on foreign policy,” Graham, 59, said, adding that he wants to run because of “my ability in my own mind to be a good commander-in-chief and to make Washington work.”

His top goals as president would be to improve bipartisanship and to make the country safer, CNN reports.

“I’ve been accused of working with Democrats too much. In my view, Democrats and Republicans work together too little and I would try to change that if I got to be president,” he said. “When it came to radical Islam, I would go after them before they come back here again.”

Graham, an outspoken foreign policy hawk, in January created a PAC called Security Through Strength, which has allowed him to travel, raise money and test the waters for a presidential campaign.

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During his CBS interview Monday, he weighed in on the Iraq debate that has recently been plaguing his Republican counterparts, most notably former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“If I knew then what I know now, would I have launched a ground invasion? Probably not, I’d probably have had another approach to Saddam. But that’s yesterday’s thinking,” Graham said. “What do we do today and tomorrow and the day after? We have to reset Iraq.”

Graham added that the U.S. should increase military presence in Iraq to “change the tide of the battle” against ISIS.