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SC’s Lindsey Graham going social for GOP presidential debate

gmelendez@thestate.com

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham will be firing off his answers to GOP debate questions from the sidelines Tuesday.

The Seneca Republican, who did not make Tuesday’s debate because of low polling numbers, plans to offer live responses to the prime-time event on the social-media platform Sidewire, his campaign said Monday.

Despite his low poll numbers, Graham’s campaign is trying to build momentum.

Graham, who made previous “undercard” debates, filed to run in the Arkansas GOP primary on March 1, his campaign said Monday. Also, the senator will travel this week to New Hampshire, which holds its primary Feb. 9, to campaign.

Graham also has launched his first television ad, featuring U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was the 2008 GOP presidential nominee and twice won New Hampshire’s primary.

Starting Tuesday, Security is Strength, a super PAC supporting Graham’s presidential bid, also will air a new TV ad criticizing the senator’s omission from the Fox Business News-Wall Street Journal debate.

“On the eve of Veteran’s Day, Republicans gather to debate the important issues facing our great nation, yet the only veteran in the field has been silenced,” the ad’s voice-over says.

The ad is scheduled to air in South Carolina, Wisconsin, Iowa, New Hampshire and on national television networks, the PAC said.

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