Although the first democratic debate only took place last week, we have already witnessed our first dropout of the race. Today, the former Senator of Virginia and Secretary of the Navy, Jim Webb, announced that he will be taking his name out of the race.
Webb, who is remembered more for his complaining over not getting enough speaking time during the debate, rather than his stances on the various issues at hand, will now possibly seek an Independent run.
“I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and base of the Democratic Party,” he said at a press conference at the National Press Club. “I’m not going away,” he said, “I’m thinking about all my options.”
While Webb has dropped out, at least from a Democratic perspective, Vice President Joe Biden is expected to make a decision on whether or not he will be running sometime in the next week. Considering the rather meager number of candidates in the race, with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders the only candidates with a real shot at the nomination, a Biden run may now be more likely.
While the Vice President certainly has name recognition on his side, some political pundits suggest that he may have waited too long, as his numbers in numerous polls have dropped following last week’s debate, which saw Clinton pull ahead substantially.
The next week or two should be a crucial timeframe for Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike, as the frontrunners look to pull away and other candidates may soon follow Webb in dropping out. Whether Webb decides to run as an independent or not, it likely will not have much of an impact on either the Democratic or Republican races.
As for Joe Biden, if he’s going to enter the race at all, the window for a decision seems to be quickly closing as we approach November.
Let’s hear your thoughts on Webb’s quick exit along with what it could mean for a potential Biden entrance. Discuss in the comments section below.