Webb rules out running with Obama
WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, touted as one of the Democrats’ rising stars, says he isn’t interested in becoming Barack Obama’s vice presidential running mate.
“Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country,” Webb said in a statement on Monday.
“Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for vice president,” added Webb, 62.
A novelist and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served as U.S. Navy secretary during the administration of Republican President Ronald Reagan, Webb was elected to the Senate in 2006. He unseated George Allen, who until then had been considered a leading Republican presidential contender.
Webb was widely seen as having the ability to punch an Obama presidential ticket with some military clout and expertise.
While saying he had no interest in being Obama’s running mate, Webb renewed his commitment to campaign for the freshman senator from Illinois.
“He is a man who speaks eloquently about our national goals and calls for the practical solutions that must be put into place to obtain them,” Webb said in his statement.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed – Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Senator Barack Obama gathers on stage with Virginia Governor Tim Kaine (L) and U.S. Senator for Virginia Jim Webb during a rally in Bristow, Virginia on June 5, 2008.