Former U.S. Senator Jim Webb announced his run for the 2016 presidential election on Thursday. He spoke to a crowd in Baltimore, Maryland, today about some of the issues he will confront as the election season comes full force.
In light of recent instances of police brutality, one of Webb’s stances is against the over1militarization of police officers. As a captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Webb was awarded two Purple Hearts for his service during the Vietnam War. Therefore, the former Virginia senator is no amateur when it comes to classifications between police and military personnel. He stated that when some police officers are, “heavied up with basically military gear,” it sends a bad message.
Webb also worked as the Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration. Some political analysts state both his service in the armed forces and administrative duties at the Pentagon could make him one of the best foreign policy candidates on the Democratic ticket.
On the left-wing side of the 2016 election, Webb will need to prove himself against his fellow Democratic front runners: Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, and Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders.
By Alex Lemieux
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