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. Chris, NYC


    McCain got endorsed today by 300 Economists, from forner Fed Officers, to Economists at Harvard, Columbia, to liberal Brown University.

    July 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Nancy

    dodging disappointment is a good s'times.

    July 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  3. Enlightened Voter

    Hey Phil Proud Republican from MA – from plane article – be real real careful of the evil you wish against another, karma has a way of coming back around to the sender, ten times worse. You being a republican, therefore unenlightened and ghetto minded wouldn't know that, so i thought I'd educate you.

    July 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Susan

    Hillary, or we are not voting for Obama.

    July 7, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Dems be dopes

    Let's see, a first year Senator declines a VP slot with a first year Senator who hopes Hillary does not steal his nomination.

    Smart man!

    Just for grins, since Obama has yet to make a definitive vote in the Senate, authored any serious bills, in fact done anything that would get him considered for a CEO position anywhere in this Country have any of you lemmings ever wondered who is behind this inexperienced empty suit?

    Someone or somebody paid a lot of $$$ to get him this far this fast.

    I wonder what the payback will be? There will be payback!

    July 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. LaShanda

    He wasn't a serious contender. There is no way a Democratic Virginia senator would give up that seat. Hillary isn't exactly out of the running. How do we know that she has not made up with Patti Solis Doyle?

    July 7, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  7. Doug

    This is very unfortunate, from my perspective. I thought Webb was Obama's best option for many reasons. I wonder if Hillary threatened to kill his entire family if he accepted the position. I see that as Hillary's best shot at getting the nod.

    July 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  8. Propaganda

    They saw how he played the race card and savaged the Clintons.

    They saw how quickly he turned on his life-long friend and mentor, Rev. Wright.

    They saw him play politics with his own grandmother.

    They saw how he flip-flops.

    They saw how he stole the nomination from the rightful winner of the primary.

    They saw how he controls the media and opinion and silences any criticism- just like dicatator.

    They saw him use race as a shield and as a sword to get himself installed as the nominee.

    They saw that the emperor has NO clothes.

    July 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  9. Abbey

    Biden is one of the most boring speakers you'll ever find. I say this and I like him, but he has a way of drawing answers out so long, you forget what the question was. If BO raids the senate for the VP, he may lose someone( Biden) with very high senority and lose some clout when it comes to pushing legislation.

    July 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  10. Oregon calling

    I should have added that we need to keep ALL of the other Dems in Congress. Please select someone from the House of Reps or a Gov for the VP slot. I would go one further and suggest that you pick a complete unknown from POLITICS to join your campaign, here's an idea, a "average citizen" Wouldn't that get some blue collar voters 🙂
    Obama / Anyone he selects 08

    July 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  11. CD

    This isn't time for a PC circle jerk we need a VP that will insure a Obama victory.

    IE we need a straight WASP male for VP preferably from a swing state, and with experience both political and military,

    July 7, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. P.U.M.A

    The hate divided the democratic house.

    Hail to Obama.

    Vote to prevent the Obama socialist dictatorship regime demanded by the newbie, bigoted new democrats.

    July 7, 2008 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. H Towell

    I like Webb but he too has not served long in this abysmal Democratic congress.He knows it unlike Obama--Forget about Wes–he is already under the bus.I hope Hillary would not take it.Are they going to keep those not for Obama out of the stadium?

    July 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  14. Steve From Dallas

    Senator Webb is more qualified to be President than flip-flos Obama... smart man to say no...

    July 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  15. No Hillbillie

    NO NO! NO! NOT Hilliary NOT now NOT NEVER.

    July 7, 2008 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  16. dlwillson

    It's going to be Biden.

    No one else...

    would kick more butt in a one on one debate with any candidate from the mccain side.

    no one else would bring the brain that he does on foreign policy

    and although he has been around forever...he speaks the change everyone has been asking for

    and most of all no other candidate would catch this country (without suspicion unfortunately for hillary the result of a too long primary) if a tragedy hit this country and we lost our President for some reason..

    July 7, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  17. Lawrence Usher

    Obama, you will prevail, plain and simple. This country needs you senator Obama. All of the naysaysers are like children who do not know what the are saying .Show them love Senator Obama and show them guidance.

    Obama will gladly show you the way for tehenext 8 years.

    July 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  18. tigerakabj

    I knew he wasn't going to be VP. We don't need 2 senators on the ticket, which is why Hillary won't be on the ticket, no offense to her.

    My pick has always been Kathleen Sebilius, and now I am thinking her name will be called very shortly. She is a governor who has an excellent record (i.e. turning a billion dollar deficit into a surplus, education, healthcare) and she won't out-charisma Barack (who's charisma enough).

    Obama/Sebilius 2008/2012!

    July 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  19. salt of the earth

    The hateful primary of hate, diss, gut, dice and eviscerate the better qualified, most experienced and capable candidate... did not FOOL any TRUE democrat.

    RACE as a shield and as a sword, forced their hand... but no one was blind to the ploy.

    Even in this election year... we may choose 4 more years... just to say NO to fixed elections.

    Rally for freedom, justice, quality and fair campaigns.

    Say NO to strong-arming, race-baiting, sexism, unfairness and bias.


    July 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. dlwillson

    Even McAulliffe guessed Biden today.

    July 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. Too Obvious

    Maybe Webb has things to hide... after all, he will be under the micro scope... his past brought up to be scrutinized... Maybe this is a smart move on his part not wanting to negitavely affect the campaign.

    July 7, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  22. Candi

    I am a woman and I do not want Hilliary for President or Vice President

    July 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  23. Andy

    That leaves Evan Bayh and Bill Richardson as next in line. Maybe Ed Rendell.

    July 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  24. Scott

    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain
    No Hussein, Vote McCain

    July 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  25. Frank, San Francisco

    Who wants to be second in command to someone who says one thing to win the primary and then another to get elected President.
    Write in Hillary, 08. Smarter, tougher, much better grasp of the issues.

    July 7, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
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