Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced his candidacy for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president last Thursday (July 2nd) in a letter on his campaign website.
Webb, whose only experience as an elected official is his one term in the U.S. Senate, from 2007-2013, also was President Reagan’s Secretary of the Navy, and is a decorated Marine Corps veteran who served in the Vietnam War. Webb is also known for his writing: his book Fields of Fire has been called the best novel about the Vietnam War, and his on-the-ground reporting from the Lebanese Civil War resulted in an Emmy for Webb.
Currently, Webb faces an uphill battle for the Democratic nomination against better-funded and more popular candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Webb is positioning his candidacy as a more realistic opposition vote against Hillary Clinton than Bernie Sanders, who many centrist voters view as too far to the left. “Our elected officials need to get back to the basics of good governance and to remember that their principal obligations are to protect our national interests abroad and to ensure a level playing field here at home,” Webb states towards the beginning of his letter. “Especially for those who otherwise have no voice in the corridors of power.”