Lindsey Graham leaves presidential race
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – South Carolina senator Lindsey Graham has ended his long-shot bid for the GOP presidential nomination.
The foreign policy-focused senator told CNN's Kate Bolduan on Monday morning that "I'm going to suspend my campaign. I'm not going to suspend my desire to help the country."
"I've hit a wall here."
Graham's entry into the crowded primary field was seen as a push against the libertarian-leaning foreign policy approach of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. While both Paul and Graham have failed to gain traction with voters, Paul was seen as a likely top candidate early in the race.
While Graham is most-known for his interventionist policies, he has also received both praise and criticism for positions he has staked out on social issues. He has twice introduced a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks' gestation, but he also told LifeSiteNews earlier this year that when it comes to aborting children conceived from rape, "I'm going to leave that to the family, to the mother."
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Earlier this month, Graham attacked fellow GOP senator and presidential primary opponent Ted Cruz of Texas for opposing abortion across the board. "You can be pro-life and win an election, but if you're going to tell a woman who's been raped she has to carry the child of the rapist, you're losing most Americans," he said.
On marriage, Graham urged conservatives to accept the Supreme Court's redefinition. He told NBC News that "I would not engage in the constitutional amendment process as a party going into 2016. Accept the Court's ruling. Fight for the religious liberties of every American."
In September, Graham said that Kentucky clerk Kim Davis should hand out marriage licenses to same-sex couples or resign.