WASHINGTON — The man who decided against running for re-election after his first and only term as a U.S. senator could be the next President of the United States. Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D – Virginia) told an audience at the National Press Club he was “seriously looking” at the possibility of running.
“We’ve had a lot of discussion among people that I respect and trust about the future of the country and we are going to continue having these discussions over the next four or five months,” Webb said according a report on theHill.com. “And I’m seriously looking at the possibility of running for president. But we want to see if there’s a support base from people who would support the programs that we’re interested in pursuing.”
Webb, a Vietnam War veteran who also served as Navy secretary and assistant defense secretary, left the Senate at the end of his first term in January 2013. During the 2006 Senate race Webb defeated incumbent Senator George Allen (R – Virginia) by a mere 9,329 votes.
In previous interviews, Webb has left the door open for possible presidential runs.
The CNN wire contributed to this report.