Former RI governor set to announce 2016 campaign next week

Former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee will join the slowly growing list of Democrats challenging Hillary Clinton for the presidential nomination.

He’ll make the announcement in a speech he’s scheduled to deliver next Wednesday at 5:30 the George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia.

Chafee is almost entirely unknown on the national stage, and he surprised many when a video announcing his exploratory presidential campaign appeared online in April. Chafee himself served as the mayor of the city of Warwick until he was appointed after his father John Chafee’s death to replace him in the Senate. Instead of facing a tight primary challenge the following year, he decided not to run.

That would leave Vice President Joe Biden as the only high-profile Democrat actively exploring a presidential run yet to make his plans known.

Chafee announced he was looking into a presidential run in April.

You just read the one big accomplishment upon which Chafee will be running: he was a Republican who voted like a Democrat on the Iraq war and believes he can beat the Democrat who voted like a Republican on the same issue.

Chafee, though, is aware of his long odds. He will likely become the fourth Democrat in field, which includes the front-runner Clinton and Vermont Sen.

In the same interview, he said that if he decides to get into the race, it will be because he has “the organization in place to continue this into that long road ahead… and I plan not to spend a lot of money, but nonetheless, there has to be some fundraising”.

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