Former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee announced he was forming a presidential exploratory committee last week, and he’s wasting no time going after Hillary Clinton.

In an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Friday, he suggested that Hillary’s vote for the war in Iraq makes her a poor choice for president.


Chafee solves one problem for Democrats by providing Hillary with another challenger but reinforces the idea that the Democratic bench is made up of faces from the past.

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air:

Yesterday, I called Chafee a candidate of the political past, but it’s worse than I imagined. Chafee wants to go back to the Cold War when it comes to Iran, and back to the “reset button” when it comes to Russia and Putin. On Iran, Chafee said that direct diplomacy and containment “worked with Gorbachev,” as if Gorbachev and Ali Khameini are at all analogous in temperament, ideology, or end goals. In fact, Chafee sounds here like the Barack Obama of 2007-8, who argued that Iran was a “tiny” country that presented no real threat to the US.

Chafee is also hitting Hillary on her ties to Wall Street. Nick Gass of Politico:

Lincoln Chafee: Clinton ‘a little too close to Wall Street’

Lincoln Chafee on Friday continued to slam potential 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, saying she has been “a little too close to Wall Street.”

The former Rhode Island governor and senator reiterated that there will likely be many similarities in domestic policy between himself and Clinton, but said that they might differ on some economic issues.

“On the economy, of course, she has been a little too close to Wall Street, and that’s Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren’s point,” he said. “I have a strong record of voting against the Bush tax cuts, the vote that favored the wealthy.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really looking forward to the Democratic debates.

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