PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A White House spokesman says President Barack Obama welcomes Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (CHAY'-fee) to the Democratic Party.
Chafee is an independent and a former GOP senator. Two Democratic officials said Wednesday that Chafee is joining the Democratic Party ahead of his 2014 bid for a second term,
They weren't authorized to disclose the information publicly ahead of any announcement from Chafee and spoke on condition of anonymity. Chafee's staff did not immediately confirm his plan.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Wednesday that Chafee has been a longtime supporter of Obama and his policy proposals.
Chafee endorsed Obama in the 2008 Democratic primary for president.
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