Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “urged Republicans who are maybe waiting until 2016 to run for president to consider getting off the sidelines for 2012,” The Hill reports.
Graham said Monday that the time was ripe to take on President Obama, and that any candidate with the ambition to be president should run.
"If you really decide to do this, now’s the time," Graham said, noting speculation that a number of top GOP candidates are waiting until 2016. "If you think you should be president, it’s not about timing, it’s about ability."
"There’s plenty of opportunity here for the Republican Party to win in 2012," the Palmetto State Republican said on conservative talker Laura Ingraham’s radio show.
Graham says he does not “expect Obama to win North Carolina, Virginia or Indiana, as he did in 2008, and speculated that the president might be vulnerable in Wisconsin and Ohio, the latter of which is a traditional bellwether in presidential campaigns.”