Monday, June 01, 2015
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announces 2016 presidential campaign
"I'm running for President of the United States. I want to be President to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us -- not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them.
“Speeches alone won’t make us safer. Superior power and resolve only makes us safer. I’m running for President of the United States because I’m ready from day one,” Graham told the crowd.
”Our allies feel the weakness of American leadership. Our adversaries are taking advantage of it.
“We will never enjoy peaceful co-existence with radical Islam whose followers want to destroy our way of life. Security through strength will protect us.
“Simply put, radical Islam is running wild. They have more safe havens, more money, more weapons and more capability to strike our homeland than anytime since 9/11. They are large, rich and entrenched. As President I will make them small, poor and on the run.
"But to defeat this enemy, it will require more than military might. The most powerful weapon in our arsenal isn’t a gun. It’s an idea.
"The terrorists are selling a glorious death. We must sell a hopeful life. I’ve learned from my travels that a small school house in a remote region educating a young girl can do more damage to radical Islam than any weapon we possess," Graham said.