Former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia has dropped out of the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but is apparently thinking about running as an independent. He made the announcement at the National Press Club in Washington at noon Central time.
Webb, a Marine and decorated Vietnam veteran, also served in the Defense Department during the Reagan Administration.
He never registered in the polls during his candidacy, didn’t raise much money and didn’t engineer a breakthrough during the first debate.
In his remarks today, Webb said: “More people in this country call themselves political independents than Republicans or Democrats. I happen to agree with them.”
If he does launch an independent bid, it isn’t clear whether he would attract more support from the Democratic or the Republican ticket because of his centrist profile. But, as the New York Times noted in its coverage of Webb’s withdrawal announcement, “independent campaigns are notoriously difficult because of financial and ballot access obstacles.”