Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican-turned-independent who became a Democrat while he was governor of Rhode Island, is expected to formally launch his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday.
Chafee has scheduled an afternoon speech at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs in Arlington, Va. A staffer with knowledge of the governor's planshas saidhe will announce his run during the event.
Chafee, 62, left the governor's mansion in January and announced in April he had formed an exploratory committee. He has said he would focus a presidential campaign on growing the middle class byraising the minimum wage and supporting social programssuch as Head Start. He has also indicated he will target primary frontrunner Hillary Clinton on her vote to authorize the Iraq War when they both served in the Senate. The vote, which hurt Clinton in her 2008 bid, raises questions about her judgment, Chafee has said.
“I don't think anybody should be president of the United States that made that mistake,” Chafeetold the Washington Postin April. “It's a huge mistake, and we live with broad, broad ramifications today—of instability not only in the Middle East but far beyond and the loss of American credibility. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”