Lincoln Chafee’s out of the Democratic presidential race.
The former Rhode Island governor and senator was barely visible in polls, and was roundly criticized for his lackluster showing in last week’s Democratic debate.
“As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” he told a Democratic Party women’s issues forum in Washington Friday.
“But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”
Chafee is the second Democrat to withdraw this week. Jim Webb, the former U. S. senator from Virginia, left the race earlier. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, remains the front-runner with Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont her stronger challenger. Martin O’Malley, former governor of Maryland, is also running.
Chafee spent most of his speech Friday discussing his views of how to achieve peace.
“If American war veterans and Vietcong fighters can laugh together on the Fourth of July, then I know so too can Iranians and Israelis, Shias and Sunnis, Turks and Kurds.,” he said.