Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham Is Single

“I am single like many other people. If you’ve got a good marriage, God bless you. If you're single, there's nothing wrong with you. The last time I checked, there was nothing in the Constitution or at the White House that said, 'Single people need not apply.' I'm going to be a ready-to-go commander-in-chief, protect everybody, single people included."

On Sunday, June 14, 2015 on Face The Nation
Sources: CBS News, The New Yorker

The Context: Lindsey Graham is an unmarried candidate for the presidency. While several candidates speak frequently about their spouses and families, Graham's bachelor status brings questions about who would serve as first lady. Similarly, while many other (specifically Republican) candidates are forging their platforms on specific concepts of American family structure, here Graham is speaking directly to the portion of the electorate who are unmarried. 

Certainly, the image of the American family is changing—as younger adults wait longer to get married and with this summer's Supreme Court decision to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. Within Graham's party, we've heard calls for the maintenance of "traditional marriage," warnings about the consequences of "broken homes," and calls for the end of "the marriage penalty." (Of course, we have heard alternative interpretations and arguments to each of these as well.) Alongside social definitions, costs, and benefits, the legal question of marriage also invokes the issues of states' rights; income inequality; lifestyle mobility, stability, and flexibility.

Given the attention that many of the Republican candidates pay to marriage and marital status, and the rarity of Graham's comment toward single Americans, we asked

How much of the voting public is single? And, ultimately, where?

Lindsey Graham Is Running for President

"The best of us are the one percent of Americans who are the men and women of the United States Armed Forces."

On Monday, June 1, 2015 in Central, South Carolina
Sources: Time, C-Span

The Context: Lindsey Graham makes his first order of business very clear: he wants to be president "to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us" and recalls the doctrine of "peace through strength." He advocates increasing the US's military presence abroad to demonstrate that America possesses "superior power." Graham distinguishes between politicians who "focus on elections" and the military which "focuses on the mission." A former officer, Graham promises that as president, he will focus on the mission. 

When speaking of our military, we often also speak of our military servicemen and women—both, active troops and veterans. Both their service and their needs are common and important topics while campaigning. As such, we asked

How many Americans have served in the military and where are they? How has the percentage of Americans on active duty changed over time?