Lincoln Chafee formally announced his presidential bid on Wednesday.
He has been elected to office as a Republican senator and an Independent governor. Now he’s got his sights set on the White House as a Democrat.
“I enjoy challenges and certainly we have many facing America. Today, I am formally entering the race for the Democratic nomination for president,” he said.
A defining issue for Chafee has been the war in Iraq; he was the lone Republican to vote against authorizing the war as a senator in 2003. Hillary Clinton was among the Democrats to vote in favor of giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade.
Chafee announced his bid in a speech at George Mason Center for Politics & Foreign Relations in Arlington, Virginia.
Chafee told CNN he feels Clinton’s vote should disqualify her from the presidency, even though it happened more than a dozen years ago.