Lindsey Graham says Trump should wait to announce presidential run

Herschel Walker, Lindsey Graham
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Herschel Walker, left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gesture to the crowd as they arrive for a campaign stop in Cumming, Ga., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) John Bazemore/AP

Lindsey Graham says Trump should wait to announce presidential run

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said he doesn’t think former President Donald Trump should announce a third run for the White House Tuesday.

“I don’t think President Trump should announce his run tonight. I think most people in the conference would prefer President Trump not announce tonight,” Graham told reporters.

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Graham turned from one of Trump’s biggest critics ahead of the 2016 election into one of his largest supporters, even walking back harsh criticism of the former president after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Graham did not appear ready to make an endorsement in the 2024 race.

“I’m not really willing to go into too many details on that,” Graham said. “I just think that with Georgia outstanding, I would like to finish 2022 in terms of leadership elections and presidential announcements. We got to figure out what went wrong.”

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Graham’s call for Trump to delay his announcement echoes other Republican senators who have urged leadership to postpone Wednesday’s leadership elections until after Georgia’s Dec. 6 Senate runoff.

Graham has been a major booster for Herschel Walker in the Georgia race, regularly appearing at rallies in support of the Republican.

Republicans underperformed in the midterm elections, handing Democrats a majority in the upper chamber for another two years. Walker trailed Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock, but neither candidate reached 50% of the vote, sending the race to a runoff.

Trump is expected to launch his 2024 presidential campaign at 9 p.m.

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