Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb made big news today in an interview with NPR, hinting toward a possible run for the White House in 2016.
“My wife and I are just thinking about what to do next, and I care a lot about where the country is and we’ll be sorting that out,” he said.
Webb, a Democrat, served one term in the Senate after winning a contentious fight in 2006 with Republican Sen. George Allen. His short stint in the senate is widely considered to be quite successful, as he was instrumental to passing the post-9/11 G.I. Bill.
The unusual move to retire after just one term was not met with much surprise. James Oliphant at the Los Angeles Times wrote at the time: “The outspoken, pugnacious moderate was always something of an awkward fit in the placid, often-meandering Senate.”
Though he hinted toward running for the White House, Webb still kept his cards close in the interview with NPR, reminding us that he waited until nine months before the election to seek a seat in the U.S. Senate in 2006.
“It takes me a while to decide things, and I’m not going to say one way or other, really,” he said today.
Former Secretary of State, New York Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton is widely perceived to be the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016, should she pursue it.