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Reports: Jim Webb Will Drop Out of Presidential Race (Updates)

Reports: Jim Webb Will Drop Out of Presidential Race (Updates)

Will he go Independent?

Former VA Senator Jim Webb is expected to announce his withdrawal from the 2016 Presidential race today during a 1 p.m. speech at the National Press Club.

The Real Clear Politics Average currently has Webb polling at just over 1% nationally. Last night the Webb campaign teased the idea of an Independent run; however, new reports from this morning say that Webb will “take time off” to consider his options.

Via The Hill:

Webb is said to be frustrated by the huge amounts of money needed to run for president, and has accused national Democrats of clearing the way for Hillary Clinton to be the party’s nominee.

Last month, he said in an interview that the Democratic National Committee is about as useful to the candidates as “sticking your hand in a wood chipper.”

After the first Democratic presidential debate, in which Webb spoke for 15 minutes compared to 30 for Clinton, he said the network had “rigged” the proceedings in favor of the former secretary of State.

“It was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb said.

“It’s very difficult to win a debate when you don’t have the opportunity to speak the same amount of time on issues as the other two did.”

There’s some merit to Twitter’s reaction:


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Webb’s experience shows that the Collective has totally subverted the Deemocrat party. There is no room any longer for ANYTHING less than pure doctrinaire Collectivists who toe the party line.

buckeyeminuteman | October 20, 2015 at 12:44 pm

Judging from what he had to say during the Dem debate, he almost sounds like a Republican. With the Middle East in shambles and Russian going Imperial again, it might be a good idea to have someone in office with a military background and leadership at the Joint Chiefs/Secretaries level.

    He *was* a Republican, and he worked for the Reagan administration, albeit he was, apparently, always a fan of FDR. He changed party affiliations in 08 after O’s election.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to edgeofthesandbox. | October 20, 2015 at 1:26 pm

      Webb is a legacy southern Democrat. As a graduate of Annapolis, he tried to leave partisan politics out of military matters. Thus he would serve in a civilian capacity in the Defense Department in a Republican presidency. But he never was a Republican himself because his family heritage was Democrat.

      Webb’s economic positions have more than a touch of the old southern school populist. He is prone to see all business other than small shopkeepers as the tool of Yankees and scallywags out to oppress the common man. That big business is now mostly controlled by Democrats doesn’t register on this type.

JimMtnViewCaUSA | October 20, 2015 at 1:36 pm

It’s Hillary.
Unless Crazy Uncle Joe jumps in tout de suite.

No, he’s not going to run as an independent. He doesn’t have the money to do even that.

    NC Mountain Girl in reply to PhillyGuy. | October 20, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    If he does mount a run, I’d look for the Clinton’s aid i siphoning rrsources to him. He’d likely take some of the white working class votes from the Republican nominee.

Blue Dog Democrats? Haven’t truly existed in any numbers since the days of Scoop Jackson, et al. Don’t truly know why Webb persists in being a Democrat, since the Dems don’t want his “kind!”

Webb just might wind up openly supporting a Republican! Either that, or hope he, and his kind, stays home on election day if he can’t pull the lever for a Republican!

Henry Hawkins | October 20, 2015 at 4:39 pm

A former Republican spends the last 7-8 years in the septic tank called the Democrat Party and wonders why he smells nothing but shit.

I’m surprised that a guy with a great military resume has so little situational awareness and I don’t think he has the judgment to be a presidential candidate, let alone president.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Henry Hawkins. | October 20, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Webb might, just might, have some rational ideas on national security and foreign policy. That’s more than can be said for Trump, Hillary, Sanders or Biden.

Eastwood Ravine | October 20, 2015 at 7:08 pm

There is zero threat coming from Webb going third party. He doesn’t have the charisma to get enough signatures to end up on the presidential ballot.

JackRussellTerrierist | October 20, 2015 at 10:12 pm

Webb has the personality of a dead carp. He also doesn’t really fit into a niche of large campaign donors. He’s not independently wealthy so he has no road to the White House. That said, he’d have my vote over Donald Trump ANY DAY. ANY DAY.