Lincoln Chafee, former senator, governor and farrier, announced Friday he was ending his campaign for the Democratic nomination. There was no fanfare to Chafee’s announcement; he buried the news in his remarks at a previously scheduled appearance at the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.
“Now as you may know, I’ve been campaigning on a platform of prosperity through peace, but after much thought, I have decided to end my campaign for the president today,” Chafee said, as an audible ripple of disappointment traveled through the audience. “But I would like to take this chance — one last time — to advocate for a chance to be given to peace.”
Chafee went on to reference Aristophanes’ ancient comedy Lysistrata, in which the women of Greece conspire to withhold sex from their husbands in order to end the Peloponnesian Wars.
Chafee made his international expertise central to his campaign — as senator, he sat on the Foreign Relations and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees — but the candidate struggled to distinguish himself on that and other issues during a disappointing debate performance last week.
On Friday, Chafee said he would pledge all his energies to helping Democrats keep the presidency, and win back the House and Senate in 2016.
“None of the Republicans running want to understand anything about the Middle East and North Africa. Instead they prefer more bellicosity, more saber-rattling and more blind, macho posturing,” Chafee said. “Do we want to be remembered as a bomber of weddings and hospitals, or do we want to be remembered as peacemakers, as pioneers of a more harmonious world?”
Watch Chafee’s full remarks below.