DES MOINES, Iowa — Some Iowans question whether Democrat Jim Webb’s decision to skip a big presidential forum signals he might be backing off making a serious bid here, but his aides say he is looking forward to a “vigourous campaign in Iowa.”
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Back in 2005, Jim Webb — the former Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan — was urged to take part in a new mission: enter the Virginia Senate race, dispatch the Democratic Party’s bland establishment hopeful Harris Miller, and ride on to vanquish incumbent Sen. George Allen (R-Va.). At the back of this play was a coterie of progressive Virginia activists and bloggers who rolled out the first “Draft James Webb” website and offered fulsome encouragement from perches like the state’s widely read Raising Kaine blog.
SAN DIEGO — Jim Webb, a former Democratic senator from Virginia, likes to joke that he is probably the only person ever elected to statewide office in the Old Dominion who has “a union card, two Purple Hearts and three tattoos.”
Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb has some harsh words for progressives: Stay out of the Democratic Party. But keep in mind that this message is coming from a candidate who only switched his party affiliation when it was politically expedient to win a Senate election. Webb does not speak for progressives, and his candidacy is already doomed.
Former Democratic Senator Jim Webb of Virginia either doesn’t get it – or he is not paying attention. When Fox News host Bret Breir interviewed Webb July 12, Breir pointed out how Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have energized the Democratic base, and he asked, “Who are the Jim Webb Democrats?” Webb’s response: “I believe we can bring a different tone to the Democratic Party. You’re right. The party has moved way far to the left, and that’s not my Democratic Party.”
Democratic candidates, including former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, meet in Iowa for first 2016 face-off
WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential candidates are descending on Iowa for the first face-off of their 2016 primary, a contest that remains dominated by the outsized political influence of Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb touted his military experience and vowed to use care in ordering use of force during his speech Friday at the Iowa Democratic Party Hall of Fame Dinner.