Former Rhode Island Governor and Senator Lincoln Chafee isn’t worried about losing to Hillary Clinton.
Chafee joined the presidential race June 3 as the fourth Democratic nominee on the 2016 list–though he spent most of his career as a Republican. Since throwing his hat in the ring, the 62-year-old has taken a vocal stance against Clinton’s 2002 vote for the Iraq War.
In an interview with Jorge Ramos on Monday, Chafee was pressed on this issue. “Do you think that disqualifies her from running for the White House?” Ramos asked.
“Yes,” Chafee answered. “It’s a huge mistake. $6 trillion, over 4,000 dead Americans. I think it’s a disqualifier.”
Chafee was in fact the only Republican senator to vote against authorizing the use of force in Iraq to oust Saddam Hussein in 2002. “I did my homework, I didn’t vote for it. I didn’t see the evidence of weapons of mass destruction.”
Ramos reminded Chafee that though he stands confident against Clinton, the numbers say otherwise: “I’ve seen the polls, and you’re dead last. What’s your plan to win the Democratic nomination?”
“Well my premise has been that Secretary Clinton is not going to be the nominee,” Chafee asserted. “Then it’s down to Governor Chafee, Governor O’Malley, and Senator Sanders. And I’ll compare my record, my character, and my vision for the future very favorably. Even with Secretary Clinton, if you put her in the mix.”
Ramos’s full interview with Chafee airs Tuesday, June 23 at 10p ET on Fusion.