Graham would figure to use his South Carolina home base to his advantage for any potential run, since the Southern state is typically the third to hold a nominating contest in presidential election years.
While he hasn't officially declared his presidential candidacy, former Massachusetts Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney focused particular attention on the poor and middle class at a speech in Mississippi Weds.
Senate supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport crude oil from a private Canadian company to Texas oil refineries, failed to get the 60 votes needed to limit debate on the controversial project.
Louisiana's two-term Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal opened an all-day prayer rally that drew thousands to LSU. Critics argued the American Family Association, the group hosting the rally, promotes discrimination.