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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.

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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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