Ex-Sen. Chafee, Member of ‘Republicans for Obama,’ Calls Palin a ‘Cocky Wacko’

By Lee Speigel

Sep 11, 2008 7:41pm

Former Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-RI, called Sen. John McCain’s running mate a "cocky wacko" at an event in Washington, DC, earlier today, the AP reports.

Chafee said that Palin’s speech at the GOP convention energized Democrats. "People were coming into my office, phone calls were flooding in, e-mails were coming in, ‘I just sent money to Obama, I couldn’t sleep last night’ — from the left. To see this cocky wacko up there.

The audience at the New America Foundation reportedly laughed. *

The only Republican senator to vote against the use of force in Iraq in 2002, Chafee said he didn’t vote for George W. Bush in 2004. He was defeated in his re-election bid two years ago by Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-RI, and left the GOP last year. Last month he and former Rep. Jim Leach, R-Iowa, announced he was joining "Republicans for Obama."

- jpt

* Please note, I originally labeled the New America Foundation "liberal." I have removed that label given the diverse political views of its officials. Apologies.

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