‘No Comment’ Potential 2016 Candidate on Whether He Can Beat Hillary Clinton

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Jim Webb, possible 2016 presidential candidate. (WHO-HD)

Jim Webb, possible 2016 presidential candidate. (WHO-HD)

ALTOONA, Iowa — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would seem to have a giant head start in the race for president in Iowa over Jim Webb. Webb is a Vietnam War veteran, former U.S. Senator from Virginia and Secretary of the Navy.

Thursday, Webb began the first of a two-day scheduled trip to Iowa, where he held events for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley and gubernatorial candidate Jack Hatch.

Webb hasn’t ruled out running for president in 2016. Neither has Clinton, of course. Clinton is well-known to many Iowans who watched her 2008 third-place caucus campaign. And the pro-Clinton SuperPAC, Ready for Hillary, has been organizing in Iowa and raising money for months.

When asked whether that could be a big advantage for Clinton, Webb said, “I don’t have a typical political career. I just decide how I want to get my issues in front of people, whether it’s writing or otherwise. And we’ll just see.”

Webb said he entered the 2006 race for the U.S. Senate in Virginia just nine months before election day and faced steep odds against Republican George Allen. But Webb eventually won that race. He has authored 10 books over his career.

Could Webb beat Clinton if he decided to run for president in 2016? Webb responded simply, “No comment.”

Webb will be a guest on Channel 13’s “The Insiders” Sunday at 9:30a.m.