Webb out of VP race

Item by Chris Graham
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Jim Webb said today that he will not be a candidate to run on the Democratic Party national ticket with Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.

“Last week I communicated to Sen. 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. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for vice president,” said Sen. Webb, D-Va., in a statement released to the media this afternoon.

Webb was elected to the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2006. He has been talked about as a top contender for the second spot on Obama’s ticket for several months.

Webb served in the Reagan administration as the secretary of the navy.

“A year and a half ago, the people of Virginia honored me with election to the U.S. Senate. I entered elective politics because of my commitment to strengthen America’s national security posture, to promote economic fairness, and to increase government accountability. I have worked hard to deliver upon that commitment, and I am convinced that my efforts and talents toward those ends are best served in the Senate,” Webb said.

Webb did pledge his support to “work hard to make sure that Sen. Obama wins both Virginia and the presidency this November. 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. I will proudly campaign for him,” Webb said.


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