Former Va. Sen. Webb launches presidential exploratory committee
Former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat, became the potential presidential contender on Wednesday by announcing he would form an exploratory committee.
He did not say which party’s nomination he would seek. The committee allows Webb to raise money for a possible 2016 campaign.
In a 14-minute video on his website, Webb said he thinks most Americans are searching for leadership.
“In my view, the solutions are not simply political but those of leadership. I learned long ago, on the battlefields of Vietnam, that in a crisis, there is no substitute for clear-eyed leadership,” he said.
Webb, who served in the Marine Corps and was secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, has run for office only once, when he defeated Republican Sen. George Allen in 2006.
He decided not to seek re-election and served in the Senate until 2013.
Webb, who cast himself as an outsider, said in September that he was seriously considering a presidential run. Since then, he visited Iowa and New Hampshire, states that will hold the first caucus and first primary, respectively.
If Webb runs as a Democrat, he likely would face off with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, all of whom have indicated probable runs for the party’s nomination.
Salena Zito is a Trib Total Media staff writer. Reach her at [email protected]