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Democratic ex-senator Webb enters US presidential race

Former US Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, pictured on June 30, 2015, announces he is running for the Democratic nomination for presidentFormer US senator Jim Webb of Virginia, a Vietnam war veteran who served as secretary of the navy, announced Thursday he is running for president, challenging frontrunner Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the presidency of the United States,” Webb said in a Facebook post. Webb’s campaign is a long shot by any measure, but he is counting on appealing to voters from both sides of the aisle, his opposition to the invasion of Iraq, and his experience as a decorated US Marine to distinguish himself in the 2016 race.

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