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« Reply #175 on: April 16, 2015, 09:59:38 AM »

Democrat Lincoln Chafee Tells CNN He's Running For President

Image: Democrat Lincoln Chafee Tells CNN He's Running For President (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Thursday, 16 Apr 2015
By Sandy Fitzgerald

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee told CNN Thursday that he'll be seeking the Democratic nomination for the White House, making his intentions official just one week after announcing he had formed an exploratory committee.

"Yes, that's why I'm running, because I feel strong about where we're going as a country," the Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat told CNN's John Berman on the network's "New Day" show Thursday.

Chafee made his comments after Berman asked him why he has continued to be critical of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, including criticizing her for her vote while she was a New York senator for the war in Iraq.

"That was a moment where the premise for going to Iraq was so false, that there were weapons of mass destruction, she didn't do her homework. We live with the ramifications," Chafee told CNN's "State of the Union" program on Sunday. "You may say that's 12 years ago — that's a big motivator for me running. If you show a lack of judgment, lack of doing homework then what can we expect in the future?"

He also criticized Clinton's term as secretary of state on Sunday's program, saying her service was "kind of a muscular, top-down, unilateral, too close to neo-cons, too Bush-like" that ended with "precious few" accomplishments.

But he does want to court supporters of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a liberal favorite who has said she isn't going to run for president.

"There's no doubt that Sen. Warren's absolutely right about what's happening to the middle class," Chafee said. "She's just been a prophet about this for a number of years."

Chafee has said that Clinton's vote for the Iraq War should disqualify her from receiving the Democratic nomination.

"One of the motivators for me to run is, I just don't think the United States president should have voted for that huge mistake," Chafee told the National Journal. "And I definitely don't think the Democratic Party nominee should have made that huge mistake."

Chafee, while serving as a Republican senator, was one of 23 senators who voted against the Iraq War and the only member of his party to do so.

On Thursday, Chafee admitted that there's "no doubt I'm the underdog." He has not held public office since his term ended last year, and has not been included in most polling involving the Democratic Party.

Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse defeated Chafee for the Senate seat in 2006, and then Chafee became Rhode Island's governor as an independent in 2010. He later switched again to become a Democrat, choosing not to seek re-election in 2014.

He told CNN Sunday he switched parties because the "Republican Party changed and I never changed. As I became an independent my values never changed whether it's on fiscal responsibility, environment or using government tools to help the less fortunate."

http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/Lincoln-Chafee-Democrat-Rhode-Island/2015/04/16/id/638912/
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« Reply #176 on: April 16, 2015, 11:05:35 AM »

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee told CNN Thursday that he'll be seeking the Democratic nomination for the White House, making his intentions official just one week after announcing he had formed an exploratory committee.

He looks like a douche, but I like the way he attacks Hilary, so I won't trash him quite yet. 
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« Reply #177 on: April 16, 2015, 09:21:45 PM »

He looks like a douche, but I like the way he attacks Hilary, so I won't trash him quite yet. 


it will actually be interesting how Hillary handles him..does she just blow him off and refuse to debate him?Huh..she then runs the risk of looking arrogant...if she debates him how do the Clintons react to someone trying to destroy Hilary in a debate???..Bill's not gonna be too happy
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« Reply #178 on: April 16, 2015, 11:29:52 PM »

She is not aging well.   Undecided  B

She is 67 years old.
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« Reply #179 on: April 17, 2015, 04:21:23 AM »

Bernie Sanders: 2016 decision coming 'very shortly

“The Ron Paul of the left”: Why Bernie Sanders is the cranky socialist 2016 needs



Liberal Democrats might be a little surprised, pleasantly so, by the nascent Hillary Clinton campaign’s flashes of progressivism. At least in the early going, she’s deploying something of a populist lexicon that is unexpected, given her close ties with Wall Street (and virtually the entire global elite, let’s be honest). She’s already floated the idea of a Constitutional amendment to make campaign finance transparent after Citizens United, and she calls out the vast disparity in the incomes of CEOs and average workers, whose incomes have not risen proportionately with increasing productivity in recent decades. It’s likely that her Wall Street pals are not thrilled with her denouncing a rigged tax code that allows hedge fund managers and other financiers to very often pay lower rates than wage earners.

But let’s not get it twisted: Secretary Clinton is not a populist. She leads all possible presidential candidates of both parties among voters from the millionaire class, according to a survey by CNBC. She is expected to amass a war chest of $1 billion, much of that sum coming from the wealthy elite with whom she’s been associated for decades.

So despite the populist tone she strikes in the proximity of corn, many progressive Democrats still worry that a Clinton presidency would be, well, a Clinton presidency, a DLC-type affair like that of husband Bill — during whose tenure NAFTA was enacted, welfare was “reformed,” and Glass-Steagall was repealed.

As the Clinton coronation has proceeded, progressives have defiantly sought their beautiful loser, the candidate who could, even falling short of the nomination, push Clinton off of her easy centrism and force her to articulate more progressive policy goals, to which she’d be wed in the general election.

So far it’s been Sen. Elizabeth Warren whom Clinton skeptics have desperately tried to enlist to nudge Hillary leftward. But Warren is not running. Repeat: She’s not running for president. And, frankly, it’s become a little sad at this point to watch the calls for her entry continue, despite repeated, definitive and resolute denials of presidential ambition from Warren.

Plus, Warren’s not ready. The freshman senator with foreign policy experience, totaling nil, would be torn apart by the former Secretary of State in that arena. Sen. Warren is not a seasoned politician, and while Clinton has her own inherent weaknesses as a campaigner, it’s not hard to imagine Clinton’s team mopping the convention floor with the former academic. Clinton, after all, took President Obama, a once-in-a-generation campaigner, to a late-inning showdown in the primaries of 2007-08.

But if progressives do want some bang for their buck–and there won’t be many non-Clinton bucks to go around–the way to go is probably a cranky socialist from Vermont.
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« Reply #180 on: April 17, 2015, 11:28:34 AM »

She is 67 years old.

we seem to judge women by hollywood standards of beauty...Hillary looks the way she should for a 67 yr old
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« Reply #181 on: April 17, 2015, 01:42:54 PM »

we sem udge women by hollywood standards oif beauty...Hillary looks the way she should for a 67 yr old

Actually, she looks a lot better then the average 67 year old woman.
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« Reply #182 on: April 17, 2015, 02:57:17 PM »

Actually, she looks a lot better then the average 67 year old woman.

Agreed...I just didn't want to go too far...but since you also see the same thing then I agree too Wink
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« Reply #183 on: April 20, 2015, 02:05:50 PM »

Actually, she looks a lot better then the average 67 year old woman.

Not to me.
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« Reply #184 on: April 20, 2015, 04:47:18 PM »

I am incredibly underwhelmed by the quality of these potential choices.

De Blasio in secret bid to be Dems’ 2016 pick
By Fredric U. Dicker
April 20, 2015

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Despite repeated claims to the contrary, Mayor Bill de Blasio is positioning himself to be the leftist “progressive” alternative to Wall Street-friendly Hillary Rodham Clinton as the Democratic candidate for president, a national party operative told The Post.

De Blasio’s hope, the operative said, is a “Draft de Blasio’’ movement will develop among progressive activists over the next several months that will lead to the mayor being able to defeat Clinton in the primary elections next year in much the same way leftist Sen. George McGovern successfully challenged the initially front-running establishment Democratic candidate, Sen. Edmund Muskie, more than 40 years ago.

Standing ready to back de Blasio against Clinton, said the operative, is the state’s small but influential Working Families Party, which has strong ties to de Blasio and is funded by some of the nation’s most powerful labor unions.

Earlier this year, the New York-based WFP urged Massachusetts Senator and Wall Street-bashing “progressive’’ favorite Elizabeth Warren to challenge Clinton and run for president — but she has repeatedly said she won’t do so.

“With Warren saying she’s not running, de Blasio and his advisers are trying to position the mayor as the ‘draft’ candidate for the left in 2016. That’s why he refused to endorse Hillary last week,’’ contended the operative, who is involved in presidential politics.

The draft effort explains why de Blasio was accompanied last week on his “progressive” speech-making trip to Iowa by John Del Cecato, one of the nation’s most important Democratic communications strategists and the man responsible for the popular “Dante” TV spot that helped get de Blasio elected mayor, said the operative.

“Why would your ad maker be traveling with you in a non-campaign year? Why was he there with de Blasio in Iowa unless you’re trying for something bigger?’’ asked the operative.

For Del Cecato, an expert in Iowa politics and a longtime campaign adviser to President Obama, helping develop a draft effort for de Blasio may also be personal.

Del Cecato was described by the operative as “part of the faction of Obama advisers who still deeply dislike and deeply distrust Clinton’’ dating from the time the two faced off in the Democratic primaries in 2008.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who came under attack from fellow Democrats last year for doing little to help his party recapture control of the state Senate, still hasn’t done anything to help the Senate Democrats this year, The Post has learned.

Even as Cuomo recently updated his own campaign committee for a possible re-election campaign in 2018 and held a $15,000-a-person fundraiser for his campaign committee, he “has not provided any help with fundraising or candidate recruitment to date,’’ a source close to Senate Democrats told The Post.
The governor, who faced a surprisingly strong primary challenge last fall in part because of his refusal to help Senate Democrats, has been publicly criticized by Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for leaving her out of state budget talks. The remarks didn’t sit well with the thin-skinned Cuomo, insiders say.

The Senate Democratic source, noting the Senate elections don’t take place until 2016, said Cuomo would be officially put on the spot with a formal request for assistance later this year.

http://nypost.com/2015/04/20/de-blasio-sets-sights-on-presidential-draft-candidacy-vs-hillary/
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