Chafee to address future of campaign on Friday

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 3:15 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee is hinting he may drop out of the Democratic presidential sweepstakes, saying he'll address the future of his campaign Friday.

Chafee's statement on Twitter Thursday followed a sluggish debate performance earlier this month and difficulties gaining traction against Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

The former Rhode Island governor said he was looking forward to speaking at a Democratic National Committee women's forum Friday morning. "I'll address my future in the campaign there," he said.

A Chafee spokeswoman did not respond to messages.

During the first presidential debate, Chafee referred to himself as a "block of granite" when it came to issues and said he was most proud of his judgment, particularly his vote against the Iraq war. But his performance was widely panned, prompting questions about whether he would continue his campaign.

Chafee, a former Republican who became an independent before joining the Democratic party, has said he would carry on his campaign as long as he can keep raising important issues.

Chafee raised just $11,000 in the most recent fundraising quarter. Most of his money has come from more than $360,000 that he has loaned his campaign.