The ghost of John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign will haunt Republicans in 2016.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina hawk who McCain has referred to as his "illegitimate son," announced that he is running for president Monday in his hometown of Central, South Carolina.
"I want to be president to meet our problems head on," Graham said. "Honestly and realistically, for the purpose of solving them, not hiding them or taking political advantage of them."
And while Graham's campaign will certainly differ from McCain's 2008 run, the two senators' near-identical ideologies provides a good blueprint for how Graham is likely to position himself among his Republican competition.
In 2008, McCain as a presidential candidate represented a hawkishness that voters had wearied of over the course of the 2000s. He lost. In 2016, many of the same old fears of terrorism have resurfaced, and Americans may once again be ready for a more aggressive outlook on foreign policy.
Graham brought the aggression Monday. He said that as president, he'll defeat those who are "trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them."
"Simply put, radical Islam is running wild," Graham said. "They have more safe havens, more money and capability, and more weapons to strike our homeland than anytime since 9/11. They are large, rich, and entrenched. As president, I will make them small, poor, and on the run."