But at least one thing’s for sure: Jim Webb won’t be voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. And, he hinted, he just might be voting for Donald Trump instead.
GEIST: “Would you vote for Hillary Clinton?”
WEBB: “No, I would not vote for Hillary Clinton.”
GEIST: “Would you vote for Donald Trump?”
WEBB: “I'm not -- I'm not sure yet.”
The former U.S. Senator from Virginia then even compared the two:
“If you're voting for Donald Trump you may get something very good or very bad. If you're voting for Hillary Clinton, you're going to be getting the same thing. Do you want the same thing?”
Webb’s spiel begins approximately at the six-minute mark of this seven-minute video:
Webb switched in 2006 to run as a Democrat, though, against incumbent Republican George Allen for Virginia’s U.S. Senate seat. Following Allen’s infamous “macaca” incident, Webb narrowly defeated him by 0.4 percent. When he announced he wouldn’t seek re-election in 2012, Webb included dissatisfaction with the Affordable Care Act in a list of things he said were pushing him back to the private sector.
In his brief bid for the White House, which he announced in July 2015, Webb never polled higher than 1.2 percent among all Democratic candidates. He withdrew from the race last year on October 20, stating “my views on many issues are not compatible” with the Democratic Party. He left open a possible independent run for president, though.