Fresh Paint
Monday, September 20, 2004
Prisoner Exchange
GOP Sen. Won't Commit to Voting for Bush

We gave them Zell, they give us Chafee. Think we got the better deal.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. Sept. 20, 2004 — Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee said Monday he plans to support his party in November but may write in a candidate instead of voting for President Bush.
"Practically, I come from Rhode Island. I hear Kerry's got 70 percent or so," he said. Asked if that meant he thought his vote didn't count, Chafee replied, "Yes."
The Republican said the party's direction in the future will determine his political career as well. He said he's "not OK" with the conservative platform from the Republican convention, but would not say if he'd consider switching parties in his next election in 2006.

"It wasn't that long ago that moderates had more of a voice [ed. they do. it's called the Democratic Party. trust me, they're not a wild-eyed bunch of radicals. they look just like your mom.]," Chafee said. "It's a cycle that I hope will come back."
Do we sense a shift?

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