Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee said Monday he's looking forward to taking part in debate being staged by October 13 in Las Vegas.
"I look forward to joining the other distinguished Democratic candidates CNN has invited to debate the issues on October 13th," Chafee said in a statement. "I know from my previous campaigns that voters highly value the chance to assess the candidates in a debate format."
Chafee has attracted barely any support since he announced his campaign in April.
Yet CNN said the former governor and former US senator met the threshold to be invited, along with Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb. CNN said Vice President Joe Biden could enter the debate as late as the day of the event, if he decides to pursue a presidential campaign.
In announcing his run, Chafee said he offered to serve as an alternative to Clinton. Instead, it has been Sanders who has represented the greatest threat to the former secretary of state.