Guide to 2016 Campaign: the Democrats (5)
July 26, 2015

Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.
Lincoln Chafee, Hillary Clinton, Martin O'Malley and Bernie Sanders.

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb is a late addition to the group seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president. He is also generally more conservative than the other Democrats in the race.

Jim Webb
Jim Webb

The 69-year-old politician is from the state of Virginia. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War and has a strong military background. He served as Secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, a Republican.  Mr. Webb was a member of that party at the time. He joined the Democratic Party in 2006 when he sought, and won, election to the Senate.  He did not seek re-election after his six-year term.

Some Democrats say Mr. Webb is not liberal enough. For example, he supports gun ownership and coal mining. He has some strong populist ideas. This could appeal to working-class white voters.

Jim Webb is also a successful writer of fiction and non-fiction. He attended the Naval Academy and Georgetown University where he received a law degree. Public opinion studies have found he is less popular than the other Democratic Party candidates.

He announced he is running on July 2, 2015.

I’m Anne Ball.

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Words in This Story

selling point –n. a quality or feature that makes people want to buy  (or vote) for something, or someone

scandal – n.  something that is shocking or upsetting because of behavior that is morally or legally wrong

left –n. people with liberal ideas

fundraising –n. activity done to collect money for a political party long-shot –n. someone who does not have a good chance of winning.

populist – adj. relating to a political party that claims to represent ordinary people

working-class –adj. related to or suitable to the class of wage earners who make less money than professionals