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Jim Webb Announces He Will Not Be Seeking Independent Bid for President

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Former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb announced on Thursday that he has decided against sparking an independent campaign for president of the United States.

Even though this is a conceivable thing, we are not able to put together the kind of funding that would allow us to get on the ballots during this period of time and to actually run a campaign that could seriously look at the presidency,” said Webb at Thursday’s announcement at the World Affairs Council in Dallas, Texas, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Webb added, seemingly indicating that he is not yet planning to endorse another candidate, “We have not had a clear statement of national security policy since the end of the Cold War, and I see no one running for president today who has a firm understanding of the elements necessary to build a national strategy.

In July, Webb announced that he would seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. However, he failed to gain traction within the party and dropped out of its primary in October.

As Webb withdrew from the primary, he complained that party officials and debate moderators were rigging the process for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders and that his “views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and nominating base of the Democratic Party.” Those complaints are what Webb said initially led him to consider an independent run.

Politico notes that Webb’s campaign only raised $68,000 in the last quarter of 2015.

Editor’s note: This article, written by Barry Donegan, originally published on Truth in Media and has been modified slightly for publication on IVN. 

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6 comments
Calluci
Calluci

What a whiner! And, I say this all the while liking him a lot! His senate victory was accidental. What a let down to see him behave badly by blaming others. What ever few readers see this, trust me. I have genuine affection for him.

Athena
Athena

Webb is seemingly the most conservative Democrat in the race, by supporting gun rights and challenging cap-and-trade policies. However, he is also an economic populist. He also claims that the six unnecessary debates held and decided on by the Democratic Party benefits Hillary Clinton. Is he blaming the number of debates on Clinton because he simply does not have a “real” message?

GregParker
GregParker

Probably not the best year for Webb to run, with all the populism taking hold of the electorate. I think he recognized this and decided to sit out.

Calluci
Calluci

Great writer, thinker. Terrible, really terrible campaigner. Leader as a warrior but a zero as a pol. Total disconnect between thoughtfulness on the page and narcissistic like public self. Did not he know this?

WebbNation2016
WebbNation2016

@ivn @BarryDonegan I wish the media would've covered his candidacy & potential ind bid. Perhaps, he would've gotten enough donations to run

Abe
Abe

i'm betting when he sat down and looked at the law he realized how privileged both parties really are when it comes to running for office.