The Definitive H&H Lincoln Chafee Scouting Report

The former Rhode Island governor has been a Republican and an independent—and now he's seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

Lincoln Chafee: Who Is He?

What he’s got: Local, state, and federal governing experience as a former Rhode Island mayor, governor, and U.S. senator; party loyalties that have run the gamut from Republican to independent to Democrat; despite those shifting affiliations, a consistently liberal record on domestic and foreign policy; a patrician pedigree and demeanor, an idiosyncratic biography (after schooling at Andover and Brown, he moved to Montana to learn horseshoeing and spent years working at racetracks as a farrier), and a dry, wry Yankee wit.

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