Washington (CNN)– Departing from the most vocal of his base, Democratic Virginia Senator Jim Webb believes the tax deal proposed by President Obama is "a good way for us to reinvigorate the economy" and tells Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that "the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy is a flawed policy."
Appearing on CNN's John King, USA, Wednesday at 7 p.m.ET, Webb calls President Obama's proposal a "true act of leadership" and says the "people are calling for some sort of stimulus to the economy." For Webb, Obama's tax deal is the answer.
"We put 700 billion in TARP…but it really didn't get down to where we were gonna have people actually having money in their hands…What he is proposing in this one is getting money actually into the hands of people who are going to spend it.
"It's gonna help invigorate the economy."
When asked by King about the state of the Democratic "family," Webb reveals that there are "purists" inside the party and states, "I think what we have to do is to adjust to the realities that came upon us…I think there are some members of the Democratic party who haven't been quick enough to do that.
"We have to see the economy with the reality as it exists today…"
Adjusting to reality is what Webb promotes most in the interview, saying that he voted to proceed on the defense authorization bill that includes a proposal to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which prevents gay service members from serving openly in the military.
"DOD will tell you that the percentage of people in the United States military who are gay and lesbian is about the same right now as it is in society at large, and no one is calling for those people to be discharged from the military.
"The military has accepted the fact that…there are now and have been in the past gay and lesbian service people. The question is how you deal with this…"
Without committing to how he will vote on final passage, Webb confirms that he will again vote for the defense authorization bill to proceed.