Former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who said last week’s Democratic presidential debate was “rigged,” will drop out of the race Tuesday.
On Monday, there was speculation that Webb would run for president as an independent candidate. Fox News reported on Tuesday that Webb will not make that decision that day, but instead discuss any independent candidacy with friends before making a firm decision to run.
Webb, who served as secretary of the Navy under President Reagan, had been unable to attract more than about 1 percent support for his campaign.
Fox News reported that Webb is disillusioned with both political parties and the ways in which they big-money interests are pushing them away from middle of the road positions to more extreme ones.
“The party has moved way far to the left,” Webb, a former Marine, told Fox News Sunday in July. “That’s not my Democratic Party in and of itself. We need to bring working people back into the formula.”
Last week, Webb complained that the Democratic debate offered him little time to answer questions.
The debate “was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb said.
Webb’s departure leaves the Democratic field down to four candidates: Hillary Clinton, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt, former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. Clinton has led the field from the start of the race. Only Sanders has shown significant levels of rising support among Democratic voters.
h/t: Fox News