Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced Tuesday afternoon that he’s leaving the Democratic field of presidential candidates — but not necessarily the race.
“…I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” he said at a press conference at Washington, D.C.’s National Press Club, according to The Washington Post.
“This does not reduce in any way my concerns for the challenges facing the country…or my intentions to remain fully engaged in the debates that are facing us,” he said.
During the Q-and-A session following his announcement, Webb indicated that he’s unsure about retaining his affiliation with the Democratic Party.
“Some people say I’m a Republican who became a Democrat but that I often sound like a Republican in a room full of Democrats,” he said. “Actually, I take that as a compliment. More people call themselves independents than either Republicans or Democrats … Our country is more important than a label.”
Webb also mentioned a possible run as an independent, which fired up social media.
Matt Drudge got the ball rolling with this tweet:
WEBB: HELL WITH DEMS! https://t.co/YALkYqofUw
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 20, 2015
And soon everyone was saying, come on in — the water’s fine!
@DRUDGE_REPORT @dagleyden Apparently there’s no room in today’s Democrat Party for a real American. — J. Bravo (@jbravo26) October 20, 2015
.@JimWebbUSA Come over to the Tea Party, Jim! RT @DRUDGE_REPORT: WEBB: HELL WITH DEMS! https://t.co/Uw30nAglfB cc: @daveweigel
— Will ʕ·͡ᴥ·ʔ ☕️ (@ImPoliticalWill) October 20, 2015
@DRUDGE_REPORT the only jfk style dem is out…its all puppets and loons for them now. — Constitutionalist (@JonFromOhio) October 20, 2015
@DRUDGE_REPORT @daveweigel just shows how far left the Democrat party has strayed. 30 years ago he’d be a moderate, today he’s right wing.
— Jason Billings (@SingleDallasGuy) October 20, 2015
@JimWebbUSA was an Honest Man swimming in #theDemocRATs‘ Cesspool of Political Deceit, but @GOP‘s Not Much Better @DRUDGE_REPORT @BettyeBear — Bob Wirt (@BobWirt8SF) October 20, 2015
And with that said, someone threw out this suggestion:
@DRUDGE_REPORT Trump Webb in third party run?
— 48HDpanhead (@48HDpanhead) October 20, 2015
The Post reported that Webb ended the quarter with a mere $318,000 cash on hand. But with Trump’s billions …
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