Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee is considering a run for president in 2016, announcing Thursday the formation of a exploratory committee to determine his prospects. One important Democrat he won’t have to trouble courting support from is Hillary Clinton.
In an interview with Politico, Chafee fired the first shot on the presumptive primary front-runner:
“I would argue that anybody who voted for the Iraq War should not be president, and certainly anybody who voted for the Iraq War should not lead the Democratic Party into an election.”
Chafee then went on to criticize Clinton’s job performance as the Secretary of State, calling her foreign policy a “top-down American muscular approach.”
This is apparently the first time a potential Democratic presidential candidate has directly attacked Hillary Clinton, as fellow contenders Martin O’Malley and Jim Webb have only hinted at both her and former President Bill Clinton’s failure to govern responsibly.
While the Senator clearly disagrees with Ms. Clinton’s more hawkish views abroad, he conceded that they are simpatico on many domestic issues.
Now, how will the Clinton’s deal with a growing Democratic field that is comprised of some serious candidates with real experience? None of them seem to care much for Bill’s style of “triangulation” that they fear he might have taught his wife, or Hilliary’s own foreign policy blunders that helped us get into the current mess in the Middle East. It’ll be interesting to see if they continue to stand-up to their “machine” and fight for the principles of the Democratic Party, or ultimately back down after the first two primaries in order to advance a candidate that “can win” in November.