Lincoln Chafee (Withdrew) quotes, statements and views
Born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1953, Lincoln Chafee first took public office in 1985 after being elected to the Rhode Island Constitutional Convention. Announcing himself as a democratic candidate for the White House in 2016, Lincoln Chafee later withdrew from the race prior to the primaries.
Serving on Warwick city council from 1986 to 1990, Lincoln Chafee later became the first republican mayor of the city in 32 years and was re-elected consecutively until 1999, when Chafee was appointed to replace his late father, John H. Chafee as senator. Elected to a full term in the U.S. Senate in 2000, Lincoln Chafee became known for publicly disagreeing with the Republican Party leadership and began to openly question the philosophy of the party.
Anti-war and opposed to tax cuts, Lincoln Chafee voted against George W. Bush era congressional budget bills and also considered running against George W. Bush for the 2004 Republican Party nomination in the then New Hampshire primary.
Deciding against running after the 2003 capture of former Iraq dictator Saddam Hussein, Lincoln Chafee later officially left the Republican Party in 2007, citing opposing views to Republican Party fiscal policy, particularly those concerning the party passing tax cuts without also making simultaneous spending cuts.
Returning to politics in 2010, in order to run as an independent candidate for governor of Rhode Island, Lincoln Chafee was supported in that race with endorsements from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and all major public school teachers’ unions.
Serving as governor in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, Lincoln Chafee increased state aid and managed to weather the crisis with only one city, Central Falls, falling victim to bankruptcy. However, within a year Central Falls had emerged from bankrutcy.
Supporting Barack Obama’s campaign for re-election in 2012, Lincoln Chafee himself officially became a member of the Democrat Party in 2013. A fiscal conservative, Chafee is pro-choice in regard to abortion, has supported the Obama administrations disarmament agreement with Iran and has celebrated his signing of Rhode Island legislature legalizing same sex marriage.