Presidential candidate and former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced his decision to withdraw from the race on Tuesday. According to a report from CNN, Webb dropped out of the race for the democratic nomination, but would still consider running as an independent candidate.
Webb addressed the country at the National Press Club in Washington on Tuesday, saying that the Democratic Party has made a departure from the values in which he believes.
“The very nature of our democracy is under siege due to the power structure and the money that finances both political parities,” Webb told reporters at the conference. “It is time for a new Declaration of Independence — not from an outside power but from the paralysis of a federal system that no longer serves the interests of the vast majority of the American people.”
Webb has run a modest campaign, and fought tooth and nail for the little airtime he received at the first Democratic debate held by CNN. Webb’s uncertainty about his political identity has made it difficult for the media to latch on to any stories about him. He protests the Democratic Party’s lack of focus on Southern and rural America, and wishes to address these issues from his own platform.
The remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.