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Democrat Lincoln Chafee Ends Presidential Campaign

Former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee announced that he is ending his campaign for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination on Friday.

Chafee made the announcement during a speech at the 22nd Annual National Issues Conference of the Women’s Leadership Forum.

[pull_quote_center]As you know I have been campaigning on a platform of Prosperity Through Peace. But after much thought I have decided to end my campaign for president today. I would like to take this opportunity one last time to advocate for a chance be given to peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee also took the time to highlight the need for equality, stating that “Republican agenda sets back women’s rights and I pledge all my energy towards a big 2016 victory for Democrats across the country.”

[pull_quote_center]Studies show that women tend to lead differently than men, in that women are more likely to be collaborative and team oriented. It is undeniable the benefits women provide to the pursuit of peace.[/pull_quote_center]

Chafee’s polling numbers have been consistently low since he launched his campaign in June, and according to a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Poll released on Thursday, Chafee received 0 percent with Vice President Joe Biden in the race and 1 percent without Biden running.

Following his speech, Chafee said that his decision to drop out stems from this week’s events, highlighting former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton’s performance at a hearing regarding the terrorist attacks that occurred in Benghazi, Libya in 2012.

“Obviously it was a good week for Secretary Clinton,” Chafee said. “She did well in the debates and then Senator Webb got out, Vice President Biden declined to join the race, she did well in the Benghazi hearing and Gov. Chafee got out of the race.”

The end of Chafee’s campaign follows former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb’s announcement that he is also dropping out, and Biden’s announcement that he will not run in 2016. This leaves the following contenders for the Democratic nomination: former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, also currently running for the Democrat nomination, has gained little attention in national media and was excluded from CNN’s October 13 Democratic presidential debate. Truth In Media’s Barry Donegan noted that Lessig had not obtained “at least 1 percent support in a specific set of polls that do not include him as a response.”

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CNN Alters Democratic Debate Criteria to Expand Stage, Allow Last-Minute Biden Entry

CNN adjusted the candidates’ criteria on Monday for its two-hour televised Democratic presidential debate, the first of the season, which will take place at 9 p.m. EST on October 13 at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel and casino.

The Hill is reporting that CNN has expanded the range of dates in which a candidate must meet a 1 percent minimum support requirement in 3 major national polls from 6 weeks prior to the debate to any time between August 1 to October 10 in order to include low-polling former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee. CNN has also tweaked the rules to include any qualified candidate that publicly announces his or her candidacy by the day of the debate, clearing a path for Vice President Joe Biden to participate if he decides to run.

In addition to Chafee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I- Vt.), former U.S. Senator Jim Webb, and former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley have been invited to face off in the contest.

Though Vice President Biden has yet to decide whether he will enter the race, he has already received substantial levels of support in several qualified major national polls. A newly-released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found Biden in third place with 17 percent support.

Speaking on the adjustments to accommodate potential candidate Joe Biden, former Democratic National Committee communications director Mo Elleithee, who was reportedly involved in planning the debates, told Politico, “I think it’s the right thing to do. Given everything that’s going on, no one wants to be accused of trying to keep any candidate off the stage. This ensures that no one is. Can you imagine any scenario where Biden announces his candidacy and is not allowed on that stage? It would more or less invalidate the debate if he announced and wasn’t on stage.

University of Michigan director of debate Aaron Kall told The Hill, “Having candidates that don’t have anything to lose is potentially dangerous to front-runners. It only increases the chances of them trying to do a Hail Mary [pass] or land a zinger that can really hurt the leading candidates.

[RELATED: DONEGAN: If GOP Debate Stage Can Fit 11, Let Third Parties In General Election Debates]

The ratings-focused mainstream media hopes that Biden will jump in the race to set up a Clinton-Biden showdown. University of Virginia Center for Politics political analyst Geoffrey Skelley said, “There’s no question the media wants Biden to run; from the drama standpoint, having Biden and Clinton go at it really raises the bar.

Skelley added, commenting on the inclusion of lower-polling candidates, “On the campaign trail [the Democratic candidates have] been a little reticent to overly criticize [Clinton] but they might if they realize this is their one shot. Sanders actually might benefit in that sense that if he is in a position where the three lower-tier guys are attacking Clinton.

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has been tapped to moderate the debate with help from correspondent Dana Bash, anchor Don Lemon, and CNN en Espanol anchor Juan Carlos.

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