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States of the Union: Rhode Island

Thursday, February 28, 2008

All eyes are on Ohio and Texas for their March 4 primaries, but Rhode Island is voting on that day too. Rhode Island’s biggest industry is health care and we find out whether health care reform is a major issue there. Also: why Rhode Island has the lowest presidential approval rating in the country, and how that may affect the campaigns in the coming months. Lincoln Chafee is former US Senator of Rhode Island.

States of the Union fact of the week: The official name of Rhode Island is State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations – the smallest state in the country has one of the longest state names, thereby stumping cartographers for generations to come.

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Lincoln Chafee
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Comments [5]

Edward Helmrich from Larchmont,NY

Please don't be confused by Catholics in Rhode Island voting for pro-choice candidates. They, like many, are just not yet well-informed about this, and are not in union with the Church's teaching. The Vatican is making more well known that the Catholic teaching is that there is a hierarchy of issues, abortion and euthanasia on the top tier. And Catholics really can't vote for people who promote these practices. This will be more evident during the Holy Father's trip in April.

Feb. 29 2008 06:44 AM
Patricia Childers from new york

Lincoln Chaffee has long been an independent voice in a nation of partisans, a doer in a nation of talkers. Can Chaffee run as vp on a ticket with a democrat running as president?

Feb. 28 2008 01:58 PM
Lisa Cohan Aronow from Toms River NJ

Please do invite Lincoln Chafee to the show when his book is published. He's very impressive and I look forward to hearing more from him.

Feb. 28 2008 01:30 PM
Chris O from New York

Chafee is very decent man, from a time when Republicans were a very different party, at least nationally. It's a shame he had to pay for the sins of Bush, although not really since he voted for Frist as leader and would have voted for McConnell, I presume.

Feb. 28 2008 01:22 PM
Chris O from New York

Bush has the lowest favorability in Rhode Island. They are probably among the best informed and educated people. Just a hunch.

Feb. 28 2008 01:13 PM

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