Lindsey Graham suspended his presidential campaign this morning, giving other contenders an early Christmas gift. However, Senator John McCain does not feel that this is a gift to voters, who are losing out on the opportunity to election someone that is, "...our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate, not to mention the candidate with the best (and it seemed sometimes the only) sense of humor."
McCain issued the following statement today:
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on the announcement that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has suspended his presidential campaign:
“With Senator Lindsey Graham’s announcement, Republicans lost our most qualified, thoughtful, fearless and honest presidential candidate, not to mention the candidate with the best (and it seemed sometimes the only) sense of humor. Despite the disadvantages he faced in resources and debate opportunities, Lindsey’s message of serious statesmanship and problem-solving in public affairs, his forthright opposition to policies and attitudes that would endanger our country and reflect poorly on our party, and his genuine decency and humility won him many new admirers.
“As sorry as I am to see Lindsey’s candidacy end, I understand his reasons, and I’m as proud of him as I’ve ever been for his exemplary service to our party and our country. Lindsey’s friends and supporters take consolation in the assurance his voice will continue to be prominent in the U.S. Senate, where his message of inclusiveness, optimism, and forward-looking leadership will serve as a needed rebuttal to those who advocate a narrower and pessimistic vision for our party.
“It is a pity that a bifurcated debate structure kept his voice and views from the wider public that needed to hear them. Even so, as the candidate with the most national security experience, and, in my opinion, the most practical and honorable views of American world leadership, Lindsey stood up to and helped stem the rise within our party of isolationism and obliviousness in world affairs, and indifference to human suffering.
“It was my privilege to support Lindsey and campaign with him, a privilege exceeded only by the privilege of his friendship. Thank you, my friend, for all you have done for the country you love and serve so well.”
Lindsey Graham drops presidential bid
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham dropped out of the GOP primary race for the presidency Monday, telling a source he didn't want to drop out, but the time had come. "I was hoping not to have to make this call," he said, the Daily Mail reported, citing a person who listened to Graham's conference…