The already thin Democratic field for president narrowed by one more on Friday when former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announced the end of his bid.
The once Republican, turned Independent, turned Democrat struggled to gain any traction in the race dominated by Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Chafee made his announcement in Washington, D.C. at the DNC’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum. “As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” he said. “But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”
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He indicated one of the reasons he was withdrawing from the race was because Hillary Clinton is looking strong. “Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton,” Chafee told reporters after his speech. “She did well in the debates and then Senator Webb got out, Vice President Biden declined to join the race, she did well in the Benghazi hearing and Gov. Chafee got out of the race.”
The long-shot candidate’s campaign raised just $11,000 during the last quarter and $44,000 overall.
Chafee was really the only candidate to go after the former secretary of state during the last debate by questioning her 2002 vote to back the Iraq War, which Barack Obama also raised in his 2008 race against Clinton. The former New York senator dismissed the question at the debate, but characterized the vote as a “mistake” in an interview last May.
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Perhaps Chafee’s only memorable headline during his campaign came in announcing his candidacy in June when he called for the United States to convert to the Metric System.
“I stand by that. That was part,” Chafee told reporters on Friday, emphasizing the word part, “of no drone strikes, fair trade, ending capitol punishment, not diplomats that are political donors, bringing Snowden home.”
“I wish it was put into context of all the other issues that I brought up at the time,” he said. “It was a long list. Metric was one of the ten.”
h/t: Fox News
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