February 14th, 2008
11:45 AM ET
3 years ago

Former Rhode Island senator endorses Obama

(CNN) – Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican senator from Rhode Island, announced his endorsement of Sen. Barack Obama Thursday.

Chafee, who became an Independent after losing his U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse in 2006, told reporters he intends to vote for Obama in Rhode Island’s Democratic primary on March 4.

"I believe Senator Obama is the best candidate to restore American credibility, to restore our confidence to be moral and just, and to bring people together to solve the complex issues such as the economy, the environment and global stability," Chafee said.

Chafee served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican beginning in 1999 after being appointed to the seat previously held by his father John Chafee, who represented Rhode Island in the Senate from 1977-1999. Lincoln Chafee was elected to his father’s Senate seat in 2000 but lost a re-election bid in 2006. In 2007 Lincoln Chafee became an Independent.  Chafee is currently a Visiting Fellow at Brown University's Watson Institute for International Studies.

While serving in the Senate, he was known for his liberal views and for his opposition to the war in Iraq – a position he shares with Sen. Obama.

–CNN Associate Producer Martina Stewart

soundoff (138 Responses)
  1. Corey, Maryland

    Another Republican has seen the light!!!!

    Obama Richardson 08!!!!

    February 14, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  2. Leo

    This is what Obama is all about, Unity for everone, Democrats and , Republicans working together, Praise GOD.

    ############O B A M A 08"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

    February 14, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. pam Eugene OR

    That is why my vote go to Obama. He will unite this country. Clinton (s) are divisive and ill tempered. They will spend the next 4 years settling old scores. There are a lot of old battles they still want to fight and nothing will get done that way. Barack can and will get a lot of cross over votes and Hillary will be lucky to get 60% of the democrats.
    Hope for our future and a better face for America.
    Obama 08

    February 14, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Grif

    Hit the hy-way jack, or become just another statistic....

    February 14, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. spud

    Its not a matter of hating Hilary- but it is a I dont think I can vote for in November.

    There are pople that hate and you can gaurentee those peole will turnout to vote against her.

    It is simple math if you want a a liberal canidate in the white house. Those on the, " I WANT a female president" need to loose the gender card.

    February 14, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  6. OBAMA4EVER

    THIS IS WHY OBAMA IS THE BEST CANDIDATE FOR THE PRESIDENCY....AND NOT BILLARY...

    HILLARY IS A POLARIZING FIGURE WHO WILL ONLY ENERGIZE THE REPUBLICAN BASE TO VOTE AGAINST HER..

    WAKE UP DEMOCRATS WHO ARE STILL VOTING FOR THAT EGOMANIAC WHO DOESN'T EVEN COUNT STATES THAT VOTE FOR OBAMA!

    February 14, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. ceetip

    February 14th, 2008 3:31 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    This is what I think

    I remember when the media asked "Would you rather have a beer with? George Bush or John Kerry? Americans overwhelmingly answered George Bush, and then they voted for him. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY.

    2.Experience is important. George Bush had very little. LOOK WHAT HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY.

    3. Joe Klein says "Obama's flights of rhetoric are the stuff of legend. But Clinton simply knows more." NOW THINK WHAT MIGHT HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY.

    4. "Obama's comments are not only maddeningly vague but also disingenuous: the campaign is entirely about Obama and his ability to inspire." I can't eat inspiration and neither can anyone else. NOW THINK WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO OUR COUNTRY.

    5. Obama's campaign is being endorsed by the media. NOW THINK WHAT MAY HAPPEN TO OUR COUNTRY.

    6.There is an old saying. THE PEOPLE GET THE GOVERNMENT THEY DESERVE. LOOK WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY.

    7. Grow up America. Think with your heads not with your hearts. Don't vote for a person just because they make you feel good. Stop the amorphous desire for change and start focusing on the issues as the economy teeters and as worries about future gather in the land. JUST THINK WHAT COULD HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY.

    8. Lets make change in the best possible way we can. Vote for someone with some credentials. Someone who is known for reaching across the aisle. Not someone who just HOPES he can. THEN WE WILL SEE WHAT GREAT THINGS CAN HAPPEN IN OUR COUNTRY.
    Leave Your Comment

    February 14, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Bonnie

    AND?????????????????

    February 14, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Willy

    A liberal loves another liberal.

    February 14, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    Obama-bots this is why we have super-delegates. To keep the ideas of the democratic party in tact. If Obama wins the nomination the Reagan democrats will unite behind John McCain.

    February 14, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  11. Gil

    I voted for Hillary and stand by it 100%! I do like Obama and as a true democrat, I will support who ever the nominee is. But I will say that if Obama was the exact same person he is but not Black, Hillary would be president.

    February 14, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  12. Just Ohio

    Just one thought.. If a person can't keep their own house together ...How can they get and keep the world together...

    February 14, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. rachel

    I see cnn took down my comment bout this little snippet how bout this

    Two years ago, Senator John McCain came to Rhode Island to campaign on Mr. Chafee’s behalf. Mr. Obama campaigned for his opponent, Sheldon Whitehouse, who ultimately prevailed.
    This year, Mr. Whitehouse supports Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. And Mr. McCain is on his way to winning the Republican nomination

    They never mention stuff like that its funny that someone Obama backed is backing Hillary hunn? Cnn never fails to make it big headlines when its someone who backed the clintons previously is backing obama how about we do both sides of the story.

    February 14, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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