Chafee, a Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, gave a brief and chipper address that called for America to re-engage with "international community" with diplomacy and "symbolic" moves. That meant everything from barring campaign donors from becoming diplomats, to allowing Edward Snowden to come home without punishment, to bringing America into the Metric system."It doesn't take long to realize that 34 degrees is hot," joked Chafee, reminiscing about some time he spent in Canada.
Chafee noting he was there when Canada changed to metric system and there was an economic benefit.— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 3, 2015
Chafee backtracks on metric "I'm not saying we have to do it tomorrow but it's something we should aspire to"— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 3, 2015
Metric system was one line in Chafee's speech but will be the top line. Lesson is if you give the press a centimeter, they take a kilometer— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) June 3, 2015
Hypothesis: Chaffee has a Super PAC backer who stands to gain from the metric system. Discuss.— Nate Cohn (@Nate_Cohn) June 3, 2015
About time someone tried tapping into the single issue metric system voters.— John Ekdahl (@JohnEkdahl) June 3, 2015
Hillary campaign not responding to my question re: her position on the metric system. Advantage: Chafee— Molly Ball (@mollyesque) June 3, 2015
Just switch to the metric system already America you pretzels— Ben Hayes ⚾️ (@hayesy316) June 3, 2015