Rhode Island's first female governor says it's time for the nation to have its first female president.
Gov. Gina Raimondo says she's supporting Democratic favorite Hillary Rodham Clinton, who launched her 2016 presidential campaign this week.
The Democratic governor says she'll support Clinton even if former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, her predecessor as governor, decides to run.
Chafee has formed an exploratory committee to consider a Democratic presidential campaign.
Raimondo says she's a longtime Clinton supporter and intends to fully support the former secretary of state. Clinton campaigned for Raimondo during the governor's race.
Raimondo says Clinton has the skills and experience to do the job, and the right values.
She says it's time for a woman, and time to "put a mom in the White House."