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Will Jim Webb Abandon Democrats and Run as an Independent?

Reports indicate Jim Webb is considering an independent run at the presidency. Watch his press conference here.


Jim Webb, the decorated Vietnam War veteran and former secretary of the Navy, has been unable to gain momentum in the 2016 presidential race as a Democrat. He might try his hand as an independent.

Webb, who won the Navy Cross, the second-highest military honor, for his actions in Vietnam, is set to speak at the National Press Club at 1:00 p.m., Washington time. He was an afterthought in the first Democratic debate, complaining that he didn’t get enough time to answer questions while moderators focused on the front-runners, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

He has been unable to raise much money; according to InsideGov, Webb has garnered $717,549, compared to more than $100 million raised by Clinton. And he hasn’t been active on the campaign trail. Webb has spent just 20 days in Iowa and a handful in New Hampshire, two key states where early voting occurs.

You can watch Webb’s announcement here.

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