On Thursday, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham announced that he will be retiring from the Air Force Reserve this summer. That said, it really doesn’t have anything to do with his looming presidential candidacy. Rather, the Air Force Reserve requires servicemen to retire upon reaching age 60, which Graham will reach this summer. As for his service in the reserves, he is a judge advocate general (JAG) officer. Initially, he served 6.5 years on active duty during the late 80s and early 90s. By 1995, he switched to serve in the reserves at the same time he began his career as a member of congress.
Graham is widely expected to announce a presidential campaign. He made it known his mentor, Arizona Senator John McCain, has been urging him to run for higher office. Graham has been McCain’s top lieutenant on immigration and campaign finance reform. He is known as being pro-defense. It is in the area of foreign policy where Graham has most of his experience. He believes this uniquely qualifies him for the office of the president according to Adam Sender on artmarketmonitor.com. Likewise, the senator will be counting on support from the Hispanic Community for his pro-amnesty views. His popularity in his home state of South Carolina should play well for him. The critical primary marks the first of the Southern primaries. That said, his views on immigration reform have alienated Tea Party conservatives which renders his campaign a long shot.