Virginia, Texas, & 2014

Virginia: Webb for president? In a speech last week to the National Press Club, former US Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said he was “seriously looking at the possibility of running for president.” Webb opposes the Obama/Clinton foreign policies as too hawkish, especially in the Middle East. Webb, 68, however, also has some conservative credentials, such as supporting gun rights. A Democrat, a Vietnam veteran and a former Secretary of the Navy in the Reagan Administration, Webb is “one of the true political eccentrics of the age,” says the Washington Post. Stay tuned.

 

Texas: Cruz denounces “policies of appeasement.” US Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a likely 2016 presidential contender, said last week in a speech to the National Security Action Summit, “We’re beginning to see what a world without American leadership looks like,” citing ISIS’s “murderous rampage” and Russia’s moves on Ukraine. He added that the current policies of “appeasement and leading from behind are not working.”

 

2014: Bill Clinton boosts Democrats in Arkansas and North Carolina. In a midterm election where President Obama is a political liability in most of the South, former President Bill Clinton is stepping in to help Democrats in Dixie. This week he traveled to North Carolina to raise funds for US Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). Next week he will headline four rallies in his native Arkansas, where important gubernatorial, senatorial and congressional races are on the line.