Democrat Chafee to Announce for President on Wednesday

Lincoln Chaffee AP Photo

He’s been a Republican, an Independent, and a Democrat; now former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee wants to be a president.

According to reports, Chafee will announce his bid for the Democrat nomination during a speech at George Mason University in Virginia.

Chafee surprised many when he formed an exploratory committee in April. He has never won elected office as a Democrat and had only discussed his plans with a few family members and supporters. But after that, he said he was likely to announce his candidacy in June.

Former [Governor], once a Republican, then an independent, then a Democrat, plans to announce his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination next week.

He’s a distinct longshot. By his own admission, he’s not been actively raising money or building the organization needed for a credible bid for the nomination, although he’s traveled to the early-voting states of New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Without what most consider a good shot at winning, what he might best do is put pressure on Hillary Clinton from the Left in terms of foreign policy. His main claim to fame was and is his opposition to the war in Iraq, for which Hillary Clinton voted.


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