Jim Webb

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Jim Webb began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps and received the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart for his actions in Vietnam. After the sustaining injuries, Webb retired from the military and went on to graduate from Georgetown Law School in 1975. He then worked on the Committee on Veteran Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was appointed to Secretary of the Navy by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and served in that position until 1988. He then embarked on a career as a speaker and filmmaker, and received an Emmy Award for his coverage of U.S. Marines in Lebanon. He was elected to the U.S. Senate from Virginia in 2006 and eventually retired in 2011. During his time in the Senate he served on the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Committee on Veterans Affairs. He announced his campaign in July 2015 in a post on his campaign website.

On the Issues

AAI tracks statements, non-statements, and the track records of each presidential candidate on the issues we care about most. Click on an issue to read what Jim Webb has said on the campaign trail.

 

Foreign Policy     

Domestic Policy

   

U.S. Role in the Middle East 

Voting Rights 

 

U.S. Response to ISIL

Civil Rights + Civil Liberties


 

 

Syria 

Surveillance


 

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Israel/Palestine 

Community Policing

 

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Lebanon

Bigoted Speech

 

Iran Negotiations 

Immigration Reform

Key Advisors

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Statements 

The U.S. Role in the Middle East

“Our greatest military-operational threat is resolving the situations in the Middle East.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"What I was saying before the invasion of Iraq was that the United States does not belong as an occupying power in this region, that we can address our national security interests without having these large numbers of troops on the ground, that this would result in sectarian violence inside Iraq, Sunni versus Shiite heavily... and also the empowerment of Iran eventually." (July 2015, The Diane Rehm Show)

“I would want to see our foreign policy focused more heavily on solving the problems in Mexico and Central America. We’re spending all of this energy, diplomatically and financially and militarily over in places like Iraq and Afghanistan and that part of the world.” (July 2015, C-Span)

U.S. Response to ISIL

“Their principal focus is not the United States. I don’t see that. It is in that region. But since they have demonstrated that they are an international terrorist organization, we should be carefully articulating a military policy that goes after these people. I don’t think there’s any question about that. That doesn’t mean we should become an occupying force in that part of the world. We now are reaping the consequences of the way that we invaded and occupied Iraq.” (February 2015, PBS)

Syria

On why he believed Russia is in Syria right now, Webb said, “There are three strategic failings that have allowed this to occur. The first was the invasion of Iraq, which destabilized ethnic elements in Iraq and empowered Iran. The second was the Arab Spring, which created huge vacuums in Libya and in Syria that allowed terrorist movements to move in there. And the third was the recent deal allowing Iran to move forward and eventually acquire a nuclear weapon, which sent bad signals, bad body language into the region about whether we are acquiescing in Iran becoming a stronger piece of the formula in that part of the world.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

Israel/Palestine

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Lebanon

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Iran Nuclear Deal 

“I believe that the signal that we sent to the region when the Iran nuclear deal was concluded was that we are accepting Iran's greater position on this very important balance of power, among our greatest ally Israel, and the Sunnis represented by the Saudi regime, and Iran. It was a position of weakness and I think it encouraged the acts that we've seen in the past several weeks.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

"Well, my concern really is that at the bottom line of the agreement, here is what we have. We have Iran having their sanctions lifted, having a number of these other issues with respect to their activities not addressed and having the rest of the region receiving a signal that we, the United States, are accepting the eventuality that they will acquire a nuclear weapon. So however you get through the checks and the measures and this agreement moves forward, that's what looks like, that's where we end up after 10 years." (July 2015, The Diane Rehm Show)

In response to the question, 'Are you most concerned with Israel [considering the possibility of the Iran nuclear agreement]" Webb responded, "No. Obviously, Israel is our great ally in the region, but this is an issue that affects the strategic balance of power in the region, writ large." (July 2015, The Diane Rehm Show)

“My concern really is that at the bottom line of the agreement, here is what we have. We have Iran having their sanctions lifted, having a number of these other issues with respect to their activities not addressed and having the rest of the region receiving a signal that we, the United States, are accepting the eventuality that they will acquire a nuclear weapon” (July 2015, Politico.)

Voting Rights

 No statements recorded. If you'd like to submit a statement to appear on this website, please email Kristin McCarthy.

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

“And as a clarification, I have always supported affirmative action for African Americans. That's the way the program was originally designed because of their unique history in this country, with slavery and the Jim Crow laws that followed. What I have discussed a number of times is the idea that when we create diversity programs that include everyone, quote, "of color," other than whites, struggling whites like the families in the Appalachian mountains, we're not being true to the Democratic Party principle of elevating the level of consciousness among our people about the hardships that a lot of people who happen to be have -- by culture, by the way.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

Surveillance

“We have a serious problem in terms of the collection of personal information in this country. And one of the things that I did during the FISA bill in 2007, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, was introduce with Russ Feingold two amendments basically saying, ‘We understand the realities of how you have to collect this broad information in the Internet age, but after a certain period of time, you need to destroy the personal information that you have if people have not been brought -- if criminal justice proceedings have not been brought against them.’ We've got a vast data bank of information that is ripe for people with bad intentions to be able to use. And they need to be destroyed.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

“Republicans are illegally wiretapping Americans.” (April 2006, On the Issues)

Community Policing

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Bigoted Speech: Instances of Condemnation and/or Use

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"let me agree with you that racism in many different forms still exists in this country. And that it's so important for political figures to ramp down the rhetoric and bring people together in an affirmative way." (July 2015, The Diane Rehm Show)

Immigration Reform

After being asked if he would support giving Obamacare to undocumented immigrants, Webb said, “I wouldn't have a problem with that… No country has -- is a country without defining its borders. We need to resolve this issue. I actually introduced an amendment in the 2007 immigration bill... Giving a pathway to citizenship to those people who had come here, and put down their roots, and met as a series of standards... I introduced that in 2007 -- We need a comprehensive reform, and we need to be able to define our borders.” (October 2015, CNN Democratic Debate)

“The greatest challenge that we can solve is to stabilize the governments in Mexico and Central America so that there is a different environment down there and you wont see the same sorts of immigration patterns.”(July 2015, C-Span)