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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has started a political committee to fund his plan to "test the waters" for a potential 2016 presidential run.
The organization, called Security Through Strength, has a new website that highlights how Graham "has earned a reputation as a conservative problem-solver and one of the strongest proponents of a robust national defense."
"The committee will fund the infrastructure and operations allowing Graham to travel the country, listen to Americans, and gauge support for a potential presidential candidacy," the site says.
Graham told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that he had filed paperwork for a "testing the waters" committee.
"I don’t know where this will go, but I’m definitely going to look at it," he told moderator Chuck Todd.
Democrats said Graham has "long been a champion of George Bush’s failed economic policies, his dangerous foreign policy, and his divisive social agenda."
“His entry into the race speaks volumes, however, about just how weak the 2016 Republican field is," said Democratic National Committee spokesman Mo Elleithee said in a statement. "Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney took early steps to try to scare people out of the race. Instead, they are scaring people in.”
- NBC's Frank Thorp and Carrie Dann