Lincoln Chafee drops out of presidential race

Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee has officially dropped out of the presidential race after a less than stellar performance at the first Democratic debate on October 13.

“As you know, I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” Chafee told the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington on Friday. “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.”

The news follows an interesting week for Democrats: former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb recently suspended his campaign, Vice President Joe Biden said he will not be running for president, and Hillary Clinton withstood 11 hours of testimony on Capitol Hill Thursday.

“Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton,” Chafee later told reporters. “I’m moving on now. It’s time to move on and support the party any way I can.”

Three major candidates remain for the Democratic nomination: Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

 

 

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