Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch

Pence traveling to SC for Graham reelection launch
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Vice President Pence will travel to South Carolina later this month to join Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamKushner saying immigration plan will be 'neutral' on legal admissions: report Africa's women can change a continent: Will Ivanka give them her full support? If you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again MORE (R-S.C.) as the senator launches his reelection bid.

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Graham's campaign announced that the vice president will attend events in Myrtle Beach and Greenville on March 30.

"The vice president has been a strong ally and close friend in the efforts to confirm conservative judges like [Supreme Court Justice] Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughTrump's Fed pick on critics: 'They're pulling a Kavanaugh against me' Conservative justices signal willingness to allow census citizenship question Supreme Court sees more serious divide open on death penalty MORE, strengthen our southern border, cut taxes, and rebuild our military,” Graham said in a statement.

Graham, who decried President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats' CNN town halls exposed an extreme agenda Buttigieg says he doubts Sanders can win general election Post-Mueller, Trump has a good story to tell for 2020 MORE as a candidate in 2016, has emerged as one of the president's closest allies on Capitol Hill. His alliance with Trump and his fierce defense last September of Kavanaugh as the judge faced sexual misconduct allegations are likely to be key points of attack for a potential Democratic challenger.

The Post and Courier reported that Jaime Harrison, associate chairman of the Democratic National Committee, is considering a bid to challenge the three-term senator.

Pence crisscrossed the country last year during the midterm campaign to boost GOP candidates in the House and the Senate. Republicans ultimately picked up seats in the Senate but lost their majority in the House.

Trump has said Pence will be his running mate again in 2020.