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Graham says ‘maybe’ to 2016 bid

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday did not rule out a 2016 presidential bid.

“I’m thinking of trying to fix illegal immigration and replacing sequestration. I will let you know if I think about running for president. It’s the hardest thing one could ever do. You go through personal hell. You have got to raise a ton of money. I’m nowhere near there,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

{mosads}Asked if his response could be labeled as a “maybe,” Graham nodded and said, “That’s what it was.”

Graham floated the idea of a White House run in an interview in October in which he said his decision could be determined by whether other foreign policy hawks enter the race.

“If I get through my general election, if nobody steps up in the presidential mix, if nobody’s out there talking ​— ​me and [Sen. John] McCain [R-Ariz.] have been talking ​— ​I may just jump in to get to make these arguments,” Graham told The Weekly Standard.

Graham has served in the Senate since 2003, and previously served in the House since 1995.

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