Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee announces his candidacy for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee formally announced his bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Wednesday (June 3), becoming the third candidate to challenge party front-runner Hillary Clinton. Chafee, 62, a former Republican U.S. senator as well as an independent for a short time, announced his campaign in a speech at George Mason University in Virginia, just outside Washington. Chafee served eight years in the U.S. Senate as a Republican, then changed his affiliation to Independent when he ran for governor of Rhode Island in 2010. In his last year in office, he switched to become a Democrat. Chafee had said in April that he was mulling a run for the White House and touted his judgment and "level-headedness" as a leader.