Washington (CNN) - Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is calling for an interim government to take over in Egypt between now and elections scheduled for September.
Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Graham said a temporary government should be made up of "factions that the people respect whose sole purpose is to create continuity until September."
Graham, a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, stopped short of calling on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down, saying he "wouldn't want some Egyptian telling me who should be president of the United States."
But he also made clear he thinks Mubarak's time is up.
"I don't see how, quite frankly, he can pull this off given what's going on in the streets of Cairo." said Graham.
"It is my view for what it's worth that the Mubarak government, unless something happens quickly, is going to have a hard time selling to its people a continuation of power," he said.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry also said he believes there should be what he called a "caretaker governance over these next months" in order to "help to transition Egypt to the future that its people want and that it deserves."
Graham said an interim government would be beneficial because it would "quell the violence and get people feeling confident in their future," and because it would "send a signal throughout the Arab world that change is coming."
The South Carolina Republican also noted that the Egyptian army is a "key" to helping make the transition, since it is a respected force in the country.
It is also why he adamantly dismissed any talk of withholding U.S. aid to Egypt, since most of it – 1.3 billion – goes to the Egyptian military.
"If you cut that aid, you will be cutting your own throat," said Graham.