WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee says he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign, saying in a video that voters want to "assess the character and experience of those offering ideas."
The Republican-turned-independent-turned Democrat says in the video on his website that President Barack Obama has "led admirably" but he remains "alarmed" about instability in the Middle East and North Africa. He says Americans are seeking "safety, stability and sustainability."
The former U.S. senator joined the Democratic party in May 2013 but ultimately decided not to seek re-election as governor last year. He has expressed distaste for raising campaign money and negativity in politics.
Hillary Rodham Clinton remains the dominant potential candidate in the Democratic primaries and is expected to announce a campaign within days.