Webb: "Under No Circumstances Will I Be" A VP Candidate

Virginia senator Jim Webb, a much-discussed potential selection to be Barack Obama's running mate for November today issued a statement to end that speculation, declaring that, "under no circumstances will I be candidate for Vice President." Here is part of Webb's statement:

"Last week I communicated to Senator Obama and his presidential campaign my firm intention to remain in the United States Senate, where I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country. Under no circumstances will I be a candidate for Vice President.

A year and a half ago, the people of Virginia honored me with election to the U.S. Senate. I entered elective politics because of my commitment to strengthen America's national security posture, to promote economic fairness, and to increase government accountability. I have worked hard to deliver upon that commitment, and I am convinced that my efforts and talents toward those ends are best served in the Senate. "

More Webb: "At this time I am also renewing my commitment to work hard to make sure that Senator Obama wins both Virginia and the presidency this November. He is a man who speaks eloquently about our national goals and calls for the practical solutions that must be put into place to obtain them. I will proudly campaign for him."

Webb has been seen as an attractive possible because of his roots in Virginia, a potential swing state in November, and his status as an anti-Iraq war activist who also has a strong military background. With his statement today, Webb becomes the second high-profile potential choice to issue Shermanesque statements regarding the VP slot. Last month, Ohio Governor Ted Strickland said, "if drafted I will not run, nominated I will not accept and if elected I will not serve."