Chafee posts an image of American flags in front of headstones and McCrae’s famous war poem In Flanders Fields on Facebook.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Chafee weighs in on Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s death sentence:
I was disappointed. Even some family members of victims had advocated to spare Tsarnaev, and I thought that was powerful testimony…The arguments for the death penalty are that it’s a deterrent. In this case, considering all the volatile relations we have with the Muslim world, and some of the brutality that ensues on innocent people by ISIS and the like, I just have concerns that this is going to be some kind of trigger. I hope not…It’s a big question that has been with human civilization for a long time. Is it a deterrent or isn’t it? Most civilized countries have banned capital punishment; we haven’t.
As president Chafee says he would support banning the death penalty at the federal level.
Chafee appears on Real Time with Bill Maher: Overtime, where Maher prods him about when he’s going to announce his run for president. When Maher asks what distinguishes him from the other candidates, Chafee responds:
Certainly my record, and that is one, first of all, of high ethical standards over 30 years, as a mayor, as a governor, and as a United States senator.
Maher presses Chafee on the Clintons. Chafee cites Whitewater, “travelgate” and The Clinton Foundation.
On the day of Hillary Clinton‘s presidential announcement, Chafee states that Clinton had “precious few” accomplishments as secretary of state. On Clinton’s vote for the Iraq war:
That was just a moment in time where the premise for going to Iraq was so false that there were weapons of mass destruction — she didn’t do her homework, and we live with the ramifications today…And so you may say, oh, that’s 12 years ago, but we live with it today, and it’s a big motivator for why I’m running. If you show lack of judgment, lack of doing homework then, what can we expect in the future?
Chafee says that as secretary of state:
[Clinton] was kind of a muscular, top-down, unilateral, too close to neo-cons, too Bush-like.
Upon hearing that Chafee plans to affiliate with Democrats for his 2014 gubernatorial re-election run, Obama issues a statement through the Democratic National Committee.
I’m delighted to hear that Governor Chafee is joining the Democratic Party. For nearly 30 years, Linc Chafee has served his beloved Rhode Island as an independent thinker and leader who’s unafraid to reach across party lines to get things done. I enjoyed working with Linc when he was a Republican in the United States Senate, and I look forward to continuing that collaboration on the issues that matter not just to the Democratic Party, but to every American.
White House Press Secretary Carney tells reporters at the daily press briefing.
The president welcomes Governor Chafee to the party. Governor Chafee’s been a longtime supporter of President Obama, and – not as a party member, but as a supporter of the president and his policies both – but I don’t have any other response.
Chafee intends to run for a second term as a Democrat. Spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger says that Chafee made the decision based on principles and policy and not political calculation. With Chafee’s switch, there will be 30 Republican governors and 20 Democratic governors.