Ex-Sen. Jim Webb open to presidential bid

Greg Nash

Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) on Monday suggested he’s open to running for president.

"My wife and I were just thinking about what to do next. And I care a lot about where the country is. We'll be sorting that out,” Webb said on NPR's "The Diane Rehm Show" after he was asked about whether he would run in the future. 

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Webb, 68, was pressed again about whether he’s interested in running, and indicated he won’t make a decision for a while. 

"Well, if you look at how I ran for the Senate, I announced nine months to the day before the election, with no money and no campaign staff. It takes me a while to decide things. And I'm not going to say one way or the other, really."

Webb didn't explicitly mention 2016 as a possible year to run. 

The former senator expressed concern about the U.S. not having a concrete national security policy abroad.

“I think we have become frustrated because people can’t see a clear expression of what our national security interests are ... and I think the same principle applies here at home.”

Vice president “wouldn’t be a good fit,” however, Webb added.

In 2008, when Webb still served in Congress, he requested that Obama not consider him as a running mate. 

Webb served in the Senate from 2007 until 2013. He served in combat during the Vietnam war and served as secretary of the Navy in the late 1980s.