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Chafee Ready for GOP Primary (posted December 13, 2004)

U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee said that he is ready for a GOP primary in 2006 if Cranston Mayor Steven Laffey runs against him. Appearing on the WJAR-TV show "10 News Conference" with Bill Rappleye, Chafee said "you always have to be ready for everything....If I have a primary, I am ready to explain my votes." However, Chafee expressed hope that there would not be a primary within his party. "Why go against each other when we have trouble filling all the seats," he noted.

When asked whether the fact that he and his family had moved to Virginia would be a problem with Rhode Island voters, Chafee defended his decision to move down there. "It has been a great experience" living in Virginia, he said. His children had been exposed to kids from other backgrounds and who worshiped "a different God". Later in the interview, he pointed out that he remains very committed to Rhode Island. "My horse is in Rhode Island. I cleaned the stalls this morning," he said.