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Jim Webb Independent Run Hinted by Blasts at Clinton

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By    |   Monday, 28 Dec 2015 08:05 AM

Jim Webb showed signs he could be preparing to run for president as an independent after criticizing Hillary Clinton on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend.

Webb pulled out of the Democratic primary race back in October after the first debate but has maintained his Webb2016 website, noted Bloomberg Politics. Webb's supporters have also been promoting the new #WebbNation hashtag.

On Saturday, the former U.S. senator from Virginia took on Clinton directly, criticizing her foreign policy decisions.


The link on Twitter led to Facebook where he charged that no one has taken Clinton to task on foreign policy.

"Our next commander in chief must define a strategic vision for the country and accept accountability for past actions," Webb said on Facebook. "Hillary Clinton should be called to account for her inept leadership that brought about the chaos in Libya, and the power vacuums that resulted in the rest of the region." 

"She'll need better answers than the recent nonsensical comment that she advocated taking out Muammar Qadaffi in Libya in order to avert a situation like Syria. The predictable chaos in Libya was bad enough, but it also helped bring about the disaster in Syria. Who is taking her to task for this?" 

Webb served as President Ronald Reagan's secretary of the navy before the decorated Vietnam veteran switched parties and won a Virginia senate seat, according to Bloomberg.

The National Review's John Fund suggested an independent run by Webb could be bad news for Clinton in a close race, pointing to the fact that Ralph Nader managed 2.7 percent of the national vote in 2000. Democrats blame Nader for Al Gore losing Florida, handing the election to George W. Bush.

"Conservatives laud (Webb's) service as a decorated Vietnam War veteran and secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan," said Fund. "But while he was in the Senate, Webb was a reliable vote for Democratic initiatives, including Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank financial-regulation bill."

"An economic populist, he says that both parties are too close to Wall Street and are responsible for the drop in the median income of middle-class families – it's fallen four percentage points since 2000."


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