South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is considering a 2016 White House run but apparently won’t have to worry about his bid getting sidetracked with an email controversy like Hillary Clinton’s has.
Graham, a Republican, acknowledged Sunday that he has never sent an email, either on his congressional or a private account.
“I don't email,” Graham said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “You can have every email I have ever sent. I've never sent one.”
Graham has for months publicly considered seeking the Republican presidential nomination, amid a large field of potential candidates. And this weekend, he took a significant step toward a campaign by joining seven other likley GOP candidates at the Iowa Agricultural Summit.
On Sunday, Graham was in New Hampshire, another early-voting state in the presidential election cycle, to speak at the “Pie and Politics” event hosted by the Concord Republicans.
Last week, news reports revealed that Clinton, considered the Democratic front-runner in a likely 2016 White House bid, used a private server and at least one personal email account to conduct government business when she was secretary of state.
Graham is one of the most hawkish members of Congress and among the most outspoken on President Obama’s foreign policy. However, his support of immigration reform would pose a challenge for him in a GOP primary, considering the influence of the party’s conservative wing in the nomination process.
Graham's lack of email use in a world -- both inside and outside of the beltway -- that essentially relies more each day on social media could also pose a challenge for him if he becomes a presidential candidate.
“I don’t know what that makes me,” Graham said on NBC about not using emails.