Webb rules out running with Obama

July 7, 2008

webb-obama.jpgWASHINGTON – 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.

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Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed РPresumptive 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. 


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Probably because of the sexist comments he made when he was in the military. Once women learned about the statements, Obama would lose a large number of women.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

That’s too bad, Mr. Webb.

Now, Mr. & Mrs. Reader, I’ll have to do a retoss of my 3rd coin to see who comes up as vice president.

OK Jack

Posted by OK Jack | Report as abusive

Mr. Webb knows he’s going to be writing in Ron Paul. That’s why he won’t run with Obama. :)

Posted by Jason | Report as abusive

I do not believe Sen. Webb is the right running partner for Sen. Obama. He is a person who wants to be in control. There would inevitably have been a conflict of interest. However, he would not be as bad a vice-presidential choice as Sen. Clinton.

Posted by Podesta | Report as abusive