Jim Webb is the first candidate to declare for the US presidential election in 2016. The former Democratic senator from Virginia, anti-war left and scored outsider becomes the first potential opponent Hillary Clinton for primary planned more one year
"I decided to launch an exploratory committee to consider whether I should be a candidate for the presidency in 2016," said Jim Webb, 68, in a video presented on a new campaign website. The creation of such committees allows him to legally begin raising money and marks the traditional start of the presidential adventures in the United States
The Democrat has not declared his intentions, but his friends have set up support committees, raised millions of dollars and created an unofficial campaign infrastructure
"We start with very little money, and without employees, but this is not the first time," said Jim Webb, recalling his surprise to the Senate in 2007. "Election 2016 election is in two years, but the campaign will begin in earnest soon. The first primaries are in about a year. Your support today will be crucial to assess whether we are able to overcome what many commentators describe as impossible, "he said in the video, in an allusion to the formidable war machine already in place to support Hillary Clinton
OPPOSED TO WAR
Born into a military family and having himself fought as an officer of Marine in Vietnam, Jim Webb is a lawyer by profession, but he held various public positions, including Navy Secretary in 1987 and 1988, Virginia Senator from 2007 to 2013. He also wrote several books. "We must restore order in America," he says, listing his priorities: education, infrastructure, and a reduction "reckless foreign adventures that have cost trillions to our economy, and in some cases created instability instead of deterrence. "
Jim Webb has described in a recent interview with the New Yorker positioning facing the favorite Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton. He believes that his opposition to the Iraq war, for which the former senator voted, and his hostility to Wall Street would attract a significant share of the vote of "blue collar"
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— Jim Webb (@JimWebbUSA) 20 Novembre 2014