(CNN) - Former Democratic Sen. Jim Webb is stoking presidential speculation, suggesting in a radio interview that he's considering a White House run in 2016.
The former Virginia Democrat was asked Monday on NPR's "Diane Rehm Show" by guest host Susan Page from USA Today, whether he was considering running.
"My wife and I are just thinking about what to do next. I care a lot about where the country is and we'll be sorting that out," he said.
Webb indicated that any announcement wouldn't come any time soon, if he decides to jump in.
"Well, if you look at how I ran for the Senate. I announced nine months before the election with no money and no campaign staff," he said. "It takes me a while to decide things and I'm not going to say one way or the other," he said.
While Webb might have designs on the White House, would he serve as vice president? He said being No.2 "wouldn't be a good fit."
Webb, a former Navy secretary and assistant defense secretary, was narrowly elected to the Senate in 2006. He left after one term.
In the Senate, Webb was a centrist, and never a reliable vote for his Democratic leadership. He focused heavily on military and foreign affairs.
He said the United States needs to focus its national security priorities to create consistency and solidify America’s standing abroad.
"The thing that concerns me most is that we are kind of bouncing from issue to issue without a clear articulation of what the national security interests of the United States really is," he said.
He's written 10 books and his appearance on NPR coincides with his latest work titled, "I Heard My Country Calling."