Sen. Kelly Ayotte called Mitt Romney the frontrunner in the New Hampshire GOP presidential primary but said voters minds could change in the final two weeks.
“We’re getting within the window with the holidays coming where people’s support is going to solidify, and we’re going to have a better sense of that,” said Ayotte, who provided a candid view into the dynamics of the race in the first-in-the-nation primary state.
Ayotte said Cain would continue to face scrutiny, not only on decade-old allegations of sexual harassment “but also continued scrutiny of his policy positions.”
Graham said Cain needs to convince voters that he’s “conversant in foreign policy,” although he did not criticize the GOP presidential candidate for appearing to be ill-informed on Libya during a Monday interview with a Milwaukee newspaper.
In the interview, which was videotaped and posted online, Cain appeared stumped when asked whether he agreed with President Barack Obama’s Libya policy. Foreign policy and national defense are issues Graham pays close attention to.
“I saw that, and every candidate has these bumps, and he’s going to have to convince people that he’s conversant in foreign policy and knows the world well enough to be commander in chief,” Graham said, adding that he thought Cain performed well at a Saturday debate in South Carolina that focused on national security and foreign policy issues.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.