Jim Webb pulls out of veepstakes

The Virginia senator asks not to be considered for the vice presidential nomination.

Published July 7, 2008 8:57PM (EDT)

Greg Sargent of Talkingpointsmemo.com reports that Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has put out a press release firmly taking himself out of consideration for the Democratic vice presidential nomination.

Citing his responsibilities to Virginians, Webb says: "Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President."

That's about as close to a Sherman Statement as you're likely to get from any Southerner.

Webb had earlier discouraged talk about the vice presidency, but still had a lot of fans touting his combative personality, his national security credentials, and his Virginia and Appalachian background, and even his past Republicanism, as assets. He also had a fair number of detractors unhappy with his history on women's issues.

This does whittle the ranks of potential veeps by one, but there are plenty of other possibilities that will continue to spark speculation among those of us with too much time on our hands.

By Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is the managing editor of The Democratic Strategist, a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, and an online columnist for The New Republic.

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