PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Former Rhode Island Governor and U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee has announced he will consider a run as a Democratic nominee for president in 2016.
Chafee made his announcement Thursday in a video on Chafee2016.com, citing foreign policy and economic strength in his platform.
“I care passionately about the future of our country and my time in the U.S. Senate, I particularly enjoyed working on the foreign relations committee and the international issues and I see American and what we’re doing in the world and I think we can make better decisions, as I like to say ‘use our brains and not our biceps’ if you look at our position in the world. And of course I care about the domestic issues also,” he said.
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He has formed an exploratory committee to research his possible candidacy, and said he will spend the next few months in battleground states to gather feedback.
“Throughout my career, I exercised good judgment on a wide range of high-pressure decisions, decisions that require levelheadedness and careful foresight. Often these decisions came in the face of political adversity,” Chafee said in a statement. “During the next weeks and months I look forward to sharing with you — my thoughts about the future of our great country.”
Two Republicans have already started their campaigns for president – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.
Chafee is the first major name exploring a run as a Democrat. Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden have each said they will make decisions in the near future.
“Whatever it takes and whatever I have to save and what I have to do with just shoe leather I’m going to do so that I’m there at that time in November, December January, prior to the New Hampshire primary.”
There is no timeline for when he will announce if he is indeed running.