Hillary Clinton, who has yet to officially announce her candidacy for US Elections 2016, found a surprising contender in Lincoln Chafee. The former mayor, governor and United States Senator first elected to public office in 1985 as delegate to Rhode Island Constitutional Convention is positioning himself as the “primary alternative” to Clinton.
Who is Lincoln Chafee?
Chafee has many “firsts” under his name: in 1992, he was Warwick’s first Republican mayor in 32 years, and was re-elected in 1994, 1996 and 1998; the only Republican in the Senate to vote against authorizing the use of military force in Iraq in 2007; in 2010, the first Independent elected Governor of Rhode Island in over 150 years.
His term as governor of Rhode Island saw a record drop in unemployment given that he took office at the height of the great recession. He prioritized “education, infrastructure and workforce development and reversal of deep cuts to state colleges, local schools and municipalities.” He had also championed the Rhode Island Marriage Equality Act.
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Lincoln Chafee’s Political Platform
Chafee promised to prioritize alleviating the struggle of the middle class. He will continue to be a steward for the environment as what he did back when he was senator, voting in favor of unpolluted air, clean water and protection of vulnerable species. He promised to uphold the balancing protection of the environment and to make rational decisions on energy infrastructure.
He vowed to protect the personal liberties of all Americans by continuously supporting the First Amendment Rights.
He will avert foreign entanglements to avoid further loss of American credibility, as what had happened in Iraq.
“Our credibility will be restored when we respect our world partners and truly listen when they speak. In a world of nuclear weapons, the United States must make international decisions with brains and not biceps,” he wrote on his website dedicated to his 2016 presidential campaign.
Lincoln Chafee, primary alternative to Hillary Clinton?
In a phone interview with CNN, Chafee has particularly taken a jab at Clinton, saying he is not afraid to attack her. He responded with a resounding yes when asked if he has plans on making the Iraq War central to his campaign against the former secretary of state.
“Considering the premise for invading Iraq was based on falsehoods and considering the ramifications we live with now from that mistake, I would argue that anybody who voted for the Iraq War should not be president and certainly should not be leading the Democratic Party,” Chafee told CNN.
Chafee believes Clinton is beatable.
“I am not naive about the task, but I think there is a strong stream of Democratic primary voters that would like some choices. I do believe that. I am not naive about the amount of money already the Clinton campaign has amassed and support, but it is a long marathon of a race and I am very confident that there are questions that need to be asked and I want to be asking them.”
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