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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Webb still hasn't decided on 2012, won't take bait from Allen

By Ben Pershing

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) said Tuesday that he still had not decided whether to run for reelection in 2012, and he declined to get drawn into a war of words against the man he beat in 2006 -- ex-Sen. George Allen (R).

Webb held a conference call for the press to discuss President Obama's forthcoming State of the Union address, but was peppered with questions about his electoral future. Webb told the Washington Post in December that he would make his decision in the first quarter of 2011, and he reiterated that timeframe. Tuesday.

Webb also said that Allen's official entrance into the race had no affect in how he approached the decision.

"For me today is no different than yesterday when it comes to that issue," Webb said, adding that he was "having discussions with my family to sort out the next step here, whichever way it will go."

Appearing on Sean Hannity's show on Fox News Channel Tuesday, Allen accused Webb of voting with "Washington liberals" like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on major issues. Asked Tuesday to respond, Webb said, "I have no comment on what George Allen is doing. That's up to him."

As he has before, Webb made clear he believed he would have plenty of time to raise money and mount a strong campaign if he decides to run. On his legislative record, Webb said, "I feel like we've done a lot of good since I've been in the Senate," and he expressed confidence that Virginia voters would agree if he does run again.

By Ben Pershing  | January 25, 2011; 4:20 PM ET
Categories:  Ben Pershing, George F. Allen, James Webb, U.S. Senate  
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Don't forget that when it came to the Cornhusker Kickback, fightin' Jim Webb stood with his party and against his constituents.

Posted by: morattico | January 25, 2011 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I'm a constituent of Webb's. I applaud his votes on HCR, DADT and others. He stood for me, so he gets my vote, again.

Posted by: hitpoints | January 25, 2011 5:16 PM | Report abuse

I bet he won't run.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 25, 2011 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Remember that he voted for DMV style HCR for the average peon - as a member of Congress, he is exempt and could care less about his constituents.

I wonder which columnist Webb has chosen to deliver the yiddishe mama story lines.
Does Marc Fisher still work at the WaPo?

Posted by: cellus | January 25, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

There are multiple rumors swirling that if Gates steps down as Defense secretary, Obama will nominate Webb to replace him.

Posted by: 1995hoo | January 25, 2011 7:12 PM | Report abuse

He's got no shot. We've seen the enemy, and he is the Leftist..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 25, 2011 7:46 PM | Report abuse

VA and USA need Jim Webb to continue doing the right thing for AMerica and VA.

Posted by: jgomez1968 | January 26, 2011 12:56 AM | Report abuse

Make no mistake....Webb will make a decision....Webb will do whatever Harry Reid tells him to do.

Posted by: priveye | January 26, 2011 4:39 AM | Report abuse

Make no mistake...Webb will make a decision soon...Webb will do anything Harry Reid tells him to do.

Posted by: priveye | January 26, 2011 4:48 AM | Report abuse

Webb has marched in goosestep lockstep with Fidel Obama, which of course is the absolute kiss of death anywhere but in Cuba..

Posted by: wewintheylose1 | January 26, 2011 5:48 AM | Report abuse

We're not quite there yet, but the time is rapidly approaching for Webb to follow the words of Thomas Paine - "lead, follow, or get out of the way." VA doesn't deserve Allen - and, if not Webb, let someone else get ready for the fight.

Posted by: Richmonder1 | January 26, 2011 8:58 AM | Report abuse

We need Webb, if only to prevent MACACA Allen from [possibly] revisiting the inane Virginia political scene.

Word has it that MACACA plans to allow 6-year-olds to carry real loaded pistols into state and federal parks and fast food joints.

Posted by: slipuvalad | January 26, 2011 10:23 AM | Report abuse

"Fightin'" Jim Webb was a huge disappointment as a Senator. He ran as an independent Democrat willing to fight either party for what is right for Virginians and instead he was a reliable rubber stamp for the DNC.

In fact, if you study the few votes where he voted against his party, you will realize that in each case, his vote was meaningless because they had enough votes. That is called "cover," and it means they allowed Webb to vote the other way so he could show his constituents he was willing to take on his party. In reality, it is political theater and in no instance I am aware of did he really deviate from the partisan line.

Its too bad because he had a good opportunity but I hope he does not run again, his heart isn't in it. If he does run, he deserves to be defeated.

Posted by: fighterDC | January 26, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Run Sen. Webb! You've got my vote!

Virginia needs more sensible, middle road folks like you in office and not the likes of Allen and McDonnell.

Posted by: janeway1 | January 26, 2011 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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