Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham: You Decide 2016

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Lindsey Graham

Campaign ended: Dec. 21, 2015

Current position: U.S. Senator from South Carolina

Career: U.S Senate 2003 to present, U.S. House of Representatives 1995 to 2003, South Carolina House of Representatives 1993 to 1995

Hometown: Central, South Carolina

Family: Never married, one sister Darline Graham Nordone

Religion: Southern Baptist

On the issues:

Economy: Graham wants to simplify the tax code and expand the tax base. He says we need to fix Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Education: Graham is against the Common Core standards and says educational decisions should be left in the hands of parents.

Environment: The Senator is in favor of the Keystone pipeline, and increase oil and gas exploration in this country.

Gun control/rights: He calls himself a lifelong gun owner and would work to “vigilantly defend the rights of law-abiding citizens against the constant attacks of those who want to infringe on the Second Amendment and flagrantly disregard our constitutional freedoms.”

Health care: He said he would repeal and replace Obamacare. He co-sponsored the Partial Birth Abortion Ban

Immigration: Graham’s immigration plan includes making illegal immigrants pay fines, learn English and pass an assimilation test after a decade, in order to become a citizen of the United States.

National security: Graham says in order to defeat ISIS, the U.S. will need an additional 10,000 troops in that part of the world, as well as a strategy with partner nations. He has also voiced continued support for Israel and a fully-funded military.

Social issues: According to his website, Graham believes marriage should be between a man and a woman. He also feels that this country needs a president who will defend citizens’ rights to religious freedom.