Jim Webb Mulls 2016 Run That Could Pose Clinton Challenge

Webb could give Democratic voters a strong contrast to Clinton.

“I am seriously looking at the possibility of running for president,” Webb, a Democrat, said in an appearance at the National Press Club.

“We’ve had a lot of discussions among people I respect and trust about the future of this country, and we’re going to continue to have these discussions over the next two to five months,” he said.

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He’s an unabashed economic populist who in the 2007 Democratic State of the Union rebuttal said the health of the economy shouldn’t be measured “with the numbers that come out of Wall Street, but with the living conditions that exist on Main Street.”

“True fairness is not an impossible dream,” Webb said. “Those at the top have continued to separate themselves from the rest of our society.”

“I think that’s a question that really should be directed at Secretary Clinton. I’m not here to undermine her,” he said.