July 8th, 2008
09:29 AM ET
12 years ago

Webb says no to being VP

Webb says he does not want to be asked to be the No.2.

Webb says he does not want to be asked to be the No.2.

(CNN) - You can officially scratch off Sen. Jim Webb's name from the list of Barack Obama's potential running mates.

The freshmen senator from Virginia and onetime Republican said unequivocally Monday he does not want to be the Illinois senator's No. 2.

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"Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country," Webb said in an issued statement. “Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President."

Webb, a moderate Democrat and Vietnam veteran who successfully unseated former Virginia Sen. George Allen in 2006, has often been mentioned as a potential VP choice given his likely appeal in more conservative states, his early opposition to the Iraq war, and his credibility with military issues.

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The Virginia senator also co-sponsored the Senate G.I. benefits bill passed this spring that seeks to increase tuition reimbursements for veterans. Despite an initial veto threat, President Bush signed the bill into law last week.

"I entered elective politics because of my commitment to strengthen America's national security posture, to promote economic fairness, and to increase government accountability," Webb also said. "I have worked hard to deliver upon that commitment, and I am convinced that my efforts and talents toward those ends are best served in the Senate."

Webb did not endorse a Democratic candidate during the primary season. Fellow Virginians Tim Kaine, the state’s governor, and Mark Warner, a former governor who is currently running for Senate, were also considered to be on in contention for the VP slot. Warner also took himself out of the running last month.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Jim Webb
soundoff (283 Responses)
  1. Brandon Hillary Democrat for Mc Cain-Pa

    His vp options are sinking faster then the titanic?
    If he is the next american idol why is everyone running from this sinking ship. They may know something the polls dont-
    Who will withdraw there name from consideration next-hint
    Bayh, Rendell and Biden

    July 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  2. tammy

    Webb...
    I knew that there was a reason that I voted for you. Now, I will vote for you again when you are up for re-election. I like Warner as well. We just elected Kaine as gov. I will not vote for him again in the future if he runs as vp.

    I want Hillary. It will be the only why I would vote for Obama. He is changing his stance everyday. I won't call it lying...just inexperience. It is too bad. It seems like because he is so inexperienced, he is unsure. (kinda like an entry level working in a new job.)
    Had he been patient and gained more experience he may have had my vote. Right now, I am unwilling to gamble on him.

    If Hillary isn't the vp...I will have to decide if I will vote for McCain...who has shown himself to be a moderate or not vote. It really sucks that these are my options.

    July 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  3. enomisa

    No one trusts Obama... with good cause... just ask Bill and Hill and all the HRC supporters who were disrespected, trashed, bashed and debased by the slick Obama internet marketed campaign of hope, unity and change.

    The hype of hope.

    The illusion of change.

    The division of unity.

    July 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  4. Dirk

    Moving on. Barack should ask Colin Powell.

    July 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Mai

    Perhaps Senator Webb is a true Democrat; Senator Obama is a true socialist trying to take over the Democratic Party. Almost like day and night with positions on issues. Besides, Obama has no real experience with foreign or domestic issues facing America now.

    July 7, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  6. Lee

    To Colin Misquita –

    Will Smith would definately be the person to play the role for Obama.

    Elmer Fudd would also be another good choice to play McCain, but I can see Steve Martin playing the role.

    July 7, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Danny

    He's well within his right to turn Barack down, but I'll never vote for him on any ticket. Who knows, maybe Hillary's camp got to him.

    Obama 08

    July 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  8. Cameron

    The Obama's are so ego-centric...and so enthralled with the litany of media lap dogs that pray on their every move...it would not suprise me of Obama put his hag on the ticket.

    July 7, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  9. saga4obama

    Amerikkka...what are you smoking? ask the Dems about street money? what is that like Iran Contra?
    "SO… why is the more qualified, better prepared, most experienced candidate of them all, now forced to stump for the lightweight?"- Amerikka

    Well lets start with the fact that McCain is supported by the BIG OIL lobbyist, 6 of whom are running his campaign, also his economic adviser Gramm, the man responsible for the ENRON loophole, now lets go to Senate...the "McCain Bill" which makes it nearly impossible for families to find out what happened to their sons who were POWs and fought hard for OUR country, or shall we talk about His McCain-Feingold bill has destroyed much of the rights of people to take part in the political process the way they see fit. This bill remains unConstitutional and a major affront to the First Amendment protections on the right of free speech, how a bout the fact that this "Hero" REFUSES to release his Military record, or the fact, by his own account was a traitor to his country by giving up military info for better treatment, how a bout the USS Forrestal 1967, never mind the cheating on his wives...with all the skeletons it's no wonder he has such a BAD temper...Guilt does that to people
    AMERIKKKA IS THE WORST OF OUR GREAT NATION...
    he/she/it is the change BHO is talking about

    July 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  10. Jillian

    I don't trust Richardson. He would jump at the chance because he doesn't have anything else going for him. He will use Barack like the Clintons used him.

    Obama 08

    July 7, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. enomisa

    He was watching the travesty of the democratic primary.

    So was GOD.

    God don't like ugly.

    Neither do TRUE democrats. We will not vote for Obama and say yes to this selected, installed, sexist, racist, biased, hateful pretend nominee.

    The propagands stops here!

    July 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Helen

    Webb could be McCain's VP, they like traitors.

    July 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  13. Reality

    Evan Bayh has a chance to help Obama pick up Indiana, but no one from Virginia, not even Tim Kaine, can help Obama get Virginia. Virginia will remain RED.

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    Obama / Clinton 2008 July 7th, 2008 4:48 pm ET

    If Obama doesn't pick Hillary, I think he might pick Evan Bayh from Indiana or Tim Kaine from Virginia. Jim Webb was a risk anyway because too many women didn't like his "0″ NARAL score.

    Barack knows he can't pick a woman NOT named "Hillary." Sorry Kathleen Sebelius or Claire McCaskill.

    July 7, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Chrissy, MD

    There's too much ego in Washington now. Nobody wants to be VP, except Hillary, so she can backstab Barack.

    July 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. lil

    Phantom of the Oprah,

    Read your own comment and in reading it you will realize that you are
    the racist.

    July 7, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  16. love this:

    He was apparently horrified and shocked watching the travesty of the democratic primary.

    So was GOD.

    God don't like ugly.

    Neither do TRUE democrats. We will not vote for Obama and will not say yes to this selected, installed, sexist, racist, biased, hateful pretend nominee by voting for him.

    It doesn't matter that he is the only democrat we can vote for. He is unqualified, inexperienced, morally unsuitable and devoid of the character needed for the job

    The propagands stops here!

    July 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. Marie in California

    Maybe no one wants to be Obama's VP! I could understand how that might happen.

    Was for Hillary – now for McCain!

    PUMA

    July 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  18. Hazel, MN

    I'm glad Webb turned him down. I don't know who Barack is going to get, but I want him to select someone who wants to be the VP. That leaves Hillary out because she wants to be president.

    He'll find the right person.

    Obama 08

    July 7, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  19. Bayou Joe

    Jim Webb is one of the few Democrats still in Congress that values
    American principles and is a true Patriot. He is not an Obama train rider.
    His principles will not allow him to become VP. He knows a sinking ship when he sees it and will not sabotage his own chances of being President in 2012.

    July 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. Harry "Hussien" Truman

    Someone like Powell or retiring Senator Hagel who both bringDOD & foriegn policy experience would be game changing selections.

    Plus no loss of Democratic Senators from Congress

    Brilliant!

    Former Senators Nunn, Byhia, Govenor Sebellius also don't dilute voting strength.

    Lastly, Obama said the 1st we'd here about VP was when he announced it. Therefore I doubt he "asked" Webb.

    Webb has the reputation for being a bit impetuous. This announcement of his may be an example of that. Whomever Senator Obama picks will need to be a TEAM PLAYER.

    July 7, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  21. Reality

    For all those that want to "write-in" Hillary, don't bother. By now you should know that many states do not consider a "write-in" vote as a valid vote and will throw it out. Just ask Obama. He did this during his own election to the State Senate seat.

    July 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  22. enomisa

    My name is enomisa and I approve this message:

    No Nos Moveran.

    Webb was apparently horrified and shocked watching the travesty of the democratic primary.

    So was GOD.

    God don't like ugly.

    Neither do TRUE democrats. We will not vote for Obama and will not say yes to this selected, installed, sexist, racist, biased, hateful pretend nominee by voting for him.

    It doesn't matter that he is the only democrat we can vote for. He is unqualified, inexperienced, morally unsuitable and devoid of the character needed for the job.

    His pandering and adjusting his stand to what polls well, told us so.

    The hatred of his cult worshippers showed us the real "change".

    The propagands stops here!

    July 7, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  23. STAY-AWAY....!!!!!

    WHY WORRY WHO WILL BE PICKED AS NO 2...obama will
    be another democratic hopeful loser such as : Kerry, Edwards Gore !
    Enough said....Mcain in Novermber,2008
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    July 7, 2008 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  24. Candy West Virginia

    Obama has served 8 yrs as an Illinois Senator and 3 yrs as a US Senator. He actually has more elected 'experience' in office than Hillary. But her PUMA/PACs don't wanna hear the truth.

    July 7, 2008 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  25. STAY-AWAY....!!!!!

    WHY WORRY WHO WILL BE PICKED AS NO 2...obama will
    be another democratic hopeful loser such as : Kerry, Edwards Gore !
    Enough said....Mcain in Novermber,2008
    ...........................................................................................................................
    ====================================================
    Lets go ..AND GO FOR mCCAIN /////////

    July 7, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
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