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 GrahamTrump shares Graham quote calling Ocasio-Cortez 'anti-America' Graham: Trump should focus on policy, not personal attacks The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke 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 KavanaughThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic infighting threatens 2020 unity Ex-DCCC official: McGrath comments on Kavanaugh vote not 'a death sentence' Kentucky Democrat says primary challenge to McGrath 'might be helpful' MORE, strengthen our southern border, cut taxes, and rebuild our military,” Graham said in a statement.

Graham, who decried President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates 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.