Lincoln Chafee Files to Run for President as Libertarian

January 6, 2020 Updated: January 6, 2020
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee has filed to run for president as a Libertarian.

The former governor of Rhode Island on Sunday registered the “Lincoln Chafee For President” campaign committee with the Federal Election Commission, online records showed.

A fundraising website linked to the FEC filing states, “Lincoln Leads with TRUTH.”

Chafee moved to Wyoming last year and joined the Libertarian Party.

He was a Republican in the U.S. Senate and became an independent after losing his seat in 2006.

Chafee was then elected Rhode Island governor in 2010 as an independent and became a Democrat in office.

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee
Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee speaks during a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas on Oct. 13, 2015. (John Locher/AP Photo)

He did not run for reelection but mounted a short-lived run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2015.

“As you know, I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace,” Chafee said in announcing the end of his campaign in October 2015.

“But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.”

CNN Wire contributed to this report.