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PROVIDENCE â€“ Gov. Lincoln Chafee, a former Republican turned Independent, will get a speaking spot at next weekâ€™s Democratic National Convention.
â€śI am honored to be attending the 2012 Democratic National Convention,â€ť Chafee said in a written statement. â€śPresident Obama has been a friend to Rhode Island, his policies have brought valuable benefits to the people of our state during historically difficult times, and I am proud to explain to the convention audience why I â€“ a former Republican â€“ and lots of people like me are supporting the Presidentâ€™s re-election.â€ť
Chafee, who squeaked out victory as an Independent in the four-man race for governor in 2010, has also given his endorsement to Democrats Rep. David Cicilline and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, sparking speculation that he might change affiliation once again to become a Democrat. The governor has so far squelched such speculation.
Chafee is expected to speak between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4 â€“ the conventionâ€™s opening night, shortly before First Lady Michelle Obama is slated to give her speech.