He's at 1% in Iowa and at 1% nationally in the Dem 2016 race, but today, Jim Webb jumped in with an email announcing his candidacy. In a subtle jab at the frontrunner, Webb said the country needs a 'fresh approach' to solving problems.
Jim Webb, the former one-term senator from Virginia and Navy secretary, will launch a long-shot bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
Webb announced the decision on his campaign website Thursday.
"After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States," he wrote.
In his statement, Webb acknowledged the odds he faced, but said “Our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us. We need to shake the hold of these shadow elites on our political process,” Webb wrote. “And at the same time our fellow Americans need proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President’s first days in office. I believe I can offer both.”
Webb formed an exploratory committee last November and since then has held events in early voting states, such as Iowa, to test the waters for what will unquestionably be an uphill White House bid.
In a video announcing the formation of the exploratory committee, Webb highlighted issues that the next president should tackle, including increasing educational opportunities, rebuilding national infrastructure and enhancing American national security while avoiding "ill-considered" foreign entanglements.
Webb has written a long Facebook post- You can read it here...