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Chafee: ‘It’s a different John McCain’ running for president than the one I served with in the Senate.

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In an interview with Fox News’s Neil Cavuto today, former Rhode Island senator Lincoln Chafee, who recently left the Republican Party to become an Independent and is supporter of Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), said “there are two John McCains”:

There’s one that was my colleague in the Senate that was good on the environment, that voted with me, the only other Republican to vote against the tax cuts, and had the Gang of 14. And now there’s the senator McCain that’s running for the Republican nomination. It’s almost like two people, kow-towing to the Republican base. And being a different candidate, and talking as he is now about how we need to not engage anybody on the world. … It’s a different John McCain, hearing the rhetoric I hear now. Make the tax cuts permanent and distancing himself from his environmental record.

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[flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2008/05/ChafeeTwoMcCains.320.240.flv]

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