Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee will speak at the opening night of the Democratic National Convention, even though he isn’t a Democrat.
The nation’s only independent governor has been a longtime supporter of President Barack Obama, and has been invited to speak about why he is supporting Obama’s reelection.
Chafee left the Republican Party in 2007 after losing his seat in the U.S. Senate to a Democrat.
Chafee says he wants to talk to fellow independents and former Republicans about the importance of the election.
Chafee endorsed Obama in 2008. When Chafee ran for governor in 2010, Obama declined to endorse his Democratic opponent out of consideration for Chafee.
Chafee is scheduled to speak between 8:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.