This came out of nowhere!
In a move that is sure to leave many Democrats (and possibly a few Republicans) stunned, Democrat presidential hopeful Jim Webb announced he is considering an independent run for president.
At a 1:00 p.m. news conference on Tuesday, Webb announced that he was dropping out of the Democrat primary but hadn’t ruled out a run as an independent, CBS News reported.
The Hill had earlier reported that Webb’s campaign team emailed out details for a news conference scheduled for Tuesday with the subject line “Jim Webb to consider independent run.”
Webb said that he had grown increasingly “not compatible” with the Democrat Party and that party officials were also “not comfortable” with his candidacy.
This follows Webb’s debate performance, which had many viewers wondering why he was not in the Republican field of candidates.
Webb, a Vietnam veteran and a former senator for Virginia, gave very careful replies to the questions asked, and many of his answers were rooted in common-sense, something that distinguished him from the responses from fellow candidates Hillary Clinton and the socialist Bernie Sanders.
Webb also had the least amount of time to speak out of all the candidates. He received approximately 15 minutes of talk time, while Hillary and Sanders each received about 30 minutes.
“It was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb said about the debate, which was mercilessly mocked over the weekend on “Saturday Night Live.”
“It’s very difficult to win a debate when you don’t have the opportunity to speak the same amount of time on issues as the other two did,” he stated.
Webb is averaging just above 1 percent in the polls right now, putting him just barely above Martin O’Malley and Lincoln Chafee, who are both polling at just below 1 percent. However, if Hillary is the Democratic nominee, Webb hopes that an Independent run will draw votes away from her.