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Webb Opts Out of VP Pageant

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Posted on Jul 7, 2008
Jim Webb
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He’s hung up his tiara and sash, ladies and gentlemen: Virginia’s Sen. Jim Webb has announced in no uncertain terms that he is officially out of the running to be Barack Obama’s choice for vice president. As Talking Points Memo reported Monday, Webb put out a formal statement declaring that he has made it clear to Obama’s camp that he wants to continue serving as a senator but will still enthusiastically back Obama’s bid for the presidency.


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“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. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.

“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.”

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By Blackspeare, July 8, 2008 at 10:02 am Link to this comment

Samox2…

Well put!  Webb was my choice from day one.  While it appears that Webb is altruistic, maybe he has other designs.  He may believe that BHO is vulnerable and he’ll wait for 2012 or if BHO succeeds then make a move in 2016.  In politics you never know and can always expect the unexpected.

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By rage, July 8, 2008 at 7:24 am Link to this comment
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I’m saddened by that news, but can’t blame Webb. Obama has a horrifying habit of pitching his surrogates under the bus the second there is one drop of blood dripping from the most minor scrapes to the water. I suppose Webb didn’t want to join General Clark under the wheels of McCainiac’s Straightjacket Regress for something banal or idiotic. Webb is too valuable an asset to wind up bludgeoned while the media shamelessly kisses Grampers’ old wrinkled a$$, usually unchallenged by Team Obama.

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By samosamo, July 7, 2008 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment

Senator Webb, you are one of the few that I would be comfortable with as vp, on either side, but I understand your decision and applaude you for it and may your work in the senate be successful.
Oh, by the way, next time you see that dwarf of a president, would strike him as hard as you can in the face? 80%+ of america would appreciate it.

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