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April 9, 2015
CONTACT: Debbie Rich


PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee today announced he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run as the Democratic Party nominee for President in 2016.

His launch announcement was made on his website Chafee2016.com.

Chafee will spend the next few months in New Hampshire, Iowa and other key battleground states, asking voters whether his independent thinking and fresh ideas for the future are what is needed in the 2016 presidential campaign. He commented, “Throughout my career, I exercised good judgment on a wide range of high-pressure decisions, decisions that require level- headedness and careful foresight. Often these decisions came in the face of political adversity. During the next weeks and months I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts about the future of our great country.”

Chafee’s focus includes the belief that a strong middle class is the bedrock of a prosperous America; responsible environmental stewardship can coexist with economic strength; the freedoms granted to America in our Constitution should not be abridged; and American foreign policy should be based on brains, and not biceps.

Chafee’s website includes two videos which underscore a clear message that unilateral military intervention has damaged American interests around the world. He has the distinction of having served as a Mayor, Governor and U.S. Senator. In the Senate, he served on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for seven years and was Chair of the Middle East Subcommittee. As Governor, Chafee led Rhode Island out of the recession.

For more information, visit Chafee2016.com.