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Jim Webb For President? He's Not Saying No

President Jim Webb? He hasn't said no.
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President Jim Webb? He hasn't said no.

While former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stolen most of the media attention around potential presidential candidates in the 2016 elections, the Democratic party could have a new contender: Jim Webb.

The former U.S. senator from Virginia said Monday on The Diane Rehm Show that he was "thinking about what to do next" when asked by several callers if he would consider a presidential run in 2016.

"I care a lot about where the country is... and we'll be sorting that out," he told guest host Susan Page during a show in which he discussed his career and a new book, I Heard My Country Calling.

"I would think that would, journalistically, be seen as an expression of interest," Page said in response to Webb's statement.

Webb noted he decided to run for the U.S. Senate nine months to the day from the 2006 election that pit him against incumbent Republican Sen. George Allen, with no money and no campaign staff. He won that election and served through 2012, when he took a year-long hiatus from politics "to clear the air and get my independence back, quite frankly."

"It takes me a while to decide things," Webb said. "I'm not going to say one way or another."

When asked if he would consider serving as vice president, Webb said the job "wouldn't be a good fit."

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