“Washington, D.C. – The former Rhode Island governor and senator Lincoln Chafee is making a bid to be Hillary Clinton’s anti-war foil on the left. In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday, Chafee, who this week launched an exploratory committee to seek the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, blasted Clinton’s “lack of judgment” on foreign policy.
“He said he and Clinton agree on most domestic policy issues, but “have some big areas of disagreement internationally.” Chafee all but declared his candidacy, saying: “I want to be on the stage in November, December and January debating these issues.” His biggest problem with Clinton, Chafee said Sunday, is her vote in favor of President George W. Bush’s war in Iraq.
“Chafee said: “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. 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 blasted her tenure as President Barack Obama’s first-term secretary of state. Her time as America’s top diplomat, Chafee said, “was kind of muscular, top-down, unilateral, too close to neo-cons, too Bush-like.” It ended, he said, with “precious few” accomplishments.
“Chafee also said he’ll court the liberal backers of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she won’t challenge Clinton, pointing to his opposition to Bush-era tax cuts as evidence that he’s focused on income inequality. “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.”
However, speaking exclusively to Newslo, Chafee said loud and clear what many honest and hard-working Americans have been thinking for some time now: “If it looks like a Republican, swims like a Republican and quacks like a Republican, chances are you’re looking at Hillary.”
“Ever since her time as Secretary of State, judging by her policy and diplomatic actions, you’d think you were observing a GOP member, minus the bad language. She’s got it all – the attitude, the drive and a huge pair between her legs, much bigger than many Tea Party members I personally know,” Chafee said, and added, “to be outright blunt, I don’t know why she doesn’t just switch parties already. I mean, her behavior is just pointless if she thinks she’s fooling anybody.”