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. MARYANN Oswego IL

    Another one bites the DUST...Dear,DNC this is your selected DREAM CANDIDATE..how come no one wants to be on his ticket?????For the first time in my adult life I will not be voting in 2008....maybe I will write in the best canidate we should and did elect (MOST VOTES) after all she did win..Hillary R Clinton...wake-up America we need someone strong and experienced and someone who knows a little something about working with the republicans. signed a UNHAPPY and ASHAMED lifelong Democrat....

    July 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  2. BH

    I have to say that senator Webb is a very smart man.

    July 7, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  3. Love it

    Could be a smart thing to do. It would be interesting to see who will dare to sign their death warrant on their political career. This will be fun to see.

    July 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. empty vessel

    Obama actually wanted to pick him during the primary season, but "refined" his position during the general election and is now going another way. This empty manchurian candidate is going to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory based on nothing but him being a typical politician (the Reverend was indeed Wright).

    I suppose I am just and angry gun toting, bible thumping typical white person eh, Barry?

    Not really, I am just glad that your party blew it by NOT nominating Hillary or Biden who were clearly the two best candidates out there.

    Time to peel off the bark.

    July 7, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Lisa

    Obama is not the nominee he's only the presumptive.

    Presumptive defined – likely but not certain to be or become real.

    July 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Enlightened Voter

    Hey jp/michigan and Clinton, no, wait, McCain Supporter and Jacob Liebman – Doesn't it just kill you that you can't blame Obama for how Hillary financially mismanaged her debt? hahahahahahahahahaha

    July 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  7. Lee

    Was he ever officially asked?

    July 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  8. Tjstelten

    I'm wondering how the commenters here have so much inside information? Many seem to know what Obama and others are thinking? Strage these people must be insiders or even paid staff? If not, they must be mind readers! If neither, you are quessing and as such wasting everyones time with your second quessing spins. Some have stayed with the facts and that is most appreciated!

    July 7, 2008 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  9. R.I.F.

    He was not my first choice. Great guy but had some issues that would have diffently come up from the right. Joe Biden's my pick. Rock solid.

    July 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  10. wally

    A hispanic woman is needed here.

    July 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  11. Rusty, Portland

    Can't blame Webb. Nobody wants to be VP under the most arrogant of Presidential candidate of all time.

    July 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  12. Stevie

    Wes Clark or bust ...

    July 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  13. pb

    For your information, Abby, the DNC did not pick Obama. More than 18,000,000 voters chose Obama. Why don't you read Presidential election procedures, mam?

    July 7, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  14. Mike D

    That's what they all say.

    July 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  15. ch

    It better be Hillary or he can kiss millions of votes GOOD BY!

    July 7, 2008 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  16. DJ, LA, CA

    No worries...Webb really didn't have the personality to be VP regardless.

    July 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. Jon Cruz

    It says a lot about the state of this country when Jim Webb is considered a "moderate." This man is more right-wing than most strident Republicans.

    July 7, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  18. cw

    The Democratic Party needs Webb to hang on to his Senate seat. They need to get Webb established in that seat long-term to keep their majority in the Senate. It's the right decision for the party, even if Webb would have been a great VP. That Virginia seat is too important and was too hard-fought of a race just to give it back to the GOP.

    July 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Matt--NE

    Webb doesn't want to be part of the worst Presidency EVER either.

    July 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  20. Phantom of the Oprah

    They all know HOW ruthless he is and have seen how Obama will throw anyone under the bus if it polls well and will expediate his political career.

    Ask his old white granny
    Ask Rev Wright.
    Ask His Church.
    For that matter ask Hillary Clinton...

    Anyone who can successfully paint BOTH Clintons as RACISTS- and then have the audacity to hope they will help install him as president- really CAN'T be trusted.

    People, that is not hope, unity, change.

    That is reckless, divisiveness, and same old dirty politics.

    July 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  21. malabar

    Hillary Clinton is the only person who can get anything done in the White House and deal with all the negative attention that always comes with occupying it. Sad she won't be president............yet!

    July 7, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. NotFallingInLine.org

    How many Democratic Party leaders have said that they have zero interest being Obama's running-mate so far?

    July 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. mitchell hussein martin

    hear hear! we need you in the senate.wesley clark for vp!

    July 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  24. Ind. FL

    Good move in rejecting outright. At least one politician made a definitive statement.

    McCain 08' (not thrilled but best choice)

    July 7, 2008 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. Oregon calling

    Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad that one is off of the list
    Obama / Anyone he selects 08

    July 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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