|Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced his candidacy for|
the Democratic nomination for President Thursday.
Announcing his candidacy on his website, Webb acknowledged the difficulty he would have acquiring the nomination, saying, "I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money...But our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us."
Webb, who served as a US senator from Virginia for a single term from 2007 to 2013, also served as the secretary of the Navy under Ronald Reagan. In terms of policy positions, Webb is considered possibly the most moderate of the Democratic Presidential candidates, supporting gun rights and opposing some environmental regulations. He holds mostly liberal positions on economic issues, however, and has criticized Democratic frontrunner Hilary Clinton for her late turn to low-income issues. Webb is also known for his opposition to recent military interventions by the United States, which he clearly displayed with his tense encounter with President George W. Bush over the Iraq War and his son.
Webb has also placed a focus on increasing the Democratic vote share among white, working-class people, especially men, a demographic that has increasingly turned towards the Republicans in recent years.
Webb faces low polling numbers compared to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and her current main challenger Bernie Sanders, who has shown potential for becoming a serious hurdle to Clinton's nomination. However, if Clinton's poll numbers begin to decline and her nomination seems less certain, it could shake up the Democratic nomination and could even open a door for a Webb nomination. As of now, however, Webb's candidacy is still considered a long-shot by most political observers.
Webb faces for the Democratic nomination Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Martin O'Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. If he wins the nomination, he could face already-announced Republicans Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, George Pataki, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Lindsey Graham, Rick Perry, Jeb Bush, Donald Trump, Bobby Jindal, or Chris Christie. He could also face likely candidates Scott Walker and John Kasich.