The former Virginia senator ended his Democratic presidential bid Tuesday
Webb had struggled to gain any traction in the polls, and leaves four other candidates in the Democratic race
Jim Webb ended his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination at a press conference Tuesday, telling reporters he will consider an independent bid.
Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, Webb argued the Democratic Party has moved away from “millions of dedicated, hard-working Americans.”
“For this reason, I am withdrawing from any consideration of being the Democratic Party’s nominee for the presidency,” he said.
“The very nature of our democracy is under siege due to the power structure and the money that finances both political parities,” Webb said, adding later that it is “time for a new Declaration of Independence – not from an outside power but from the paralysis of a federal system that no longer serves the interests of the vast majority of the American people.”
Webb, who said he couldn’t see himself endorsing any other candidate, said he is considering an independent run and will spend the “next couple of weeks talking to people, people I have not felt comfortable talking with as a Democratic Party candidate.”
Webb’s run has always been different than most.
He announced an exploratory committee last November with a 14-minute straight-to-camera video. Webb then used a more than 2,000-word blog post to announce his run in July.
Webb’s campaign never really got off the ground and was seen by even some close Webb aides as more of a vanity play than an actual presidential bid. In total, Webb spent four days campaigning in New Hampshire and 20 days in Iowa, far fewer than the senator’s challengers.
“There were times when we did and times when we did not,” Webb said on campaigning, an acknowledgment that he wasn’t as aggressive as other candidates.
Webb has long expressed outright frustration with the Democratic Party – and did so again in announcing the end of his bid – questioning its strategy and the support they were providing him. During the first Democratic debate earlier this month, Webb spent considerable time complaining about the amount of time he was given to speak.
When asked if he still considers himself a Democrat, the usually blunt Webb said, “We will think about that.”