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Chafee says he hasn’t thought about running for reelection in 2014

February 2, 2012

More than a year into his first term, Governor Lincoln Chafee isn’t ready to talk about whether he plans to seek reelection in 2014.

“I really haven’t put that as a priority — we’re just starting the second year of my four-year term,” Chafee said this morning during a taping of RIPR’s Political Roundtable. “The challenges are enormous.”

He continued:

We’ve got the threat of casinos coming in Massachusetts in the out years — that’s going to be a big issue in our budget. Providence today is using the  ‘bankruptcy’ word, so I haven’t really thought about what’s happening in 2014 as far as my own political future.

I asked Chafee whether he and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo have talked about whether she might challenge him in 2014. Here’s how he responded:

No, we have not had any of those conversations. The last conversation we had, she said she was just focused on pension reform and has no interest in running against me. I don’t know if that’s changed. 

Chafee narrowly edged Republican John Robitaille in 2010. For her part, Raimondo has declined to rule out a run for higher office in 2014.

The full Roundtable segment can be heard during Morning Edition Friday at 5:40 and 7:40 or online.

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