WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Jim Webb For President? He's Not Saying No

President Jim Webb? He hasn't said no.
AP Photo/Khin Maung Win
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."

NPR

He Died At 32, But A Young Artist Lives On In LA's Underground Museum

When Noah Davis founded the museum, he wanted to bring world-class art to a neighborhood he likened to a food desert, meaning no grocery stores or museums. Davis died a year ago Monday.
NPR

The Strange, Twisted Story Behind Seattle's Blackberries

Those tangled brambles are everywhere in the city, the legacy of an eccentric named Luther Burbank whose breeding experiments with crops can still be found on many American dinner plates.
WAMU 88.5

State Taxes, School Budgets And The Quality Of Public Education

Budget cutbacks have made it impossible for many states to finance their public schools. But some have bucked the trend by increasing taxes and earmarking those funds for education. Taxes, spending and the quality of public education.

NPR

A Robot That Harms: When Machines Make Life Or Death Decisions

An artist has designed a robot that purposefully defies Isaac Asimov's law that "a robot may not harm humanity" — to bring urgency to the discussion about self-driving and other smart technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.