Former Virginia senator Jim Webb (D) said he is “seriously” considering a 2016 presidential run. This could pose a problem for Hillary Clinton and her presidential aspirations. He will be a formidable challenger.
During an appearance at the National Press Club, Jim Webb said, “We’ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we’re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months,” ABC News reports.
Webb, 68, said he is looking for a “support base” for a potential campaign. The decorated Marine Corps veteran, who served in the Senate from 2006-2012 and as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration, recently conducted a three-day, 800-mile tour of Iowa, and has plans to visit New Hampshire in October.
Webb, who largely focused on foreign policy and the economy in his speech Tuesday, is seen as an intriguing challenger to presumptive Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.
He’s an unabashed economic populist who in the 2007 Democratic State of the Union rebuttal said the health of the economy shouldn’t be measured “with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street.”
“True fairness is not an impossible dream,” Webb said. “Those at the top have continued to separate themselves from the rest of our society.” Source: ABC News