Jim Webb first to announce US presidential bid

US President Barack Obama waves alongside Virginia Senator Jim Webb (R) during a campaign event in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 27, 2012The dust has barely settled on midterm elections, but ex-senator Jim Webb has become the first candidate in America’s upcoming presidential race — and an early potential challenger to fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton. “I have decided to launch an exploratory committee to examine whether I should run for president in 2016,” Webb said in a YouTube video posted late Wednesday. Creating such a panel permits a person to start legally raising funds, and traditionally signals the first official step in a presidential campaign process. “The 2016 election is two years away but serious campaigning will begin very soon.

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