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Lincoln Chafee: 'I'd Be Open' to a Libertarian White House Bid


The 2016 presidential election was not kind to Lincoln Chafee: the former Rhode Island governor, U.S. senator, and metric system enthusiast flopped when he mounted a long-shot campaign for the Democratic Party's nomination, becoming a punchline for the pundit class and a footnote in that year's brutal primary.

But Chafee is entertaining the idea that a new election cycle—and a new party—could be kinder to his White House hopes. Reached by The Daily Beast on Wednesday, the former Republican, former Democrat, and former independent confirmed that he's open to running again in 2020—as a Libertarian. 

"I'm very motivated as an anti-war American, and also by the deficit," said Chafee in an interview. "Those are two big issues that, if the Libertarian convention next summer thinks that someone with a long record on those issues... if I fit that, then yes, I'd be open to that."

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