Webb: Decision to retire came after talking with family
One day after announcing he would not run for reelection in 2012, Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) shed a sliver more light Thursday evening on why he made that choice.
Appearing on a panel at the National Press Club to discuss the foreign policy of President Ronald Reagan, Webb was asked by moderator Andrea Mitchell to explain his decision.
"I'm honored to be in the Senate ... but this was really my wife and family and I sitting down and saying, 'How do we want to spend the next eight years?'" Webb answered.
Webb didn't give any real reasons behind the decision when he announced it Wednesday. But he had made clear previously that his family's wishes would play heavily in his thinking. And he emphasized that he did consider it an eight-year decision, including a two-year reelection campaign.
Ex-Sen. John Warner (R-Va.) also appeared on the Reagan panel. Shifting off the evening's topic for a moment, Warner praised Webb for his service, particularly his role in getting the new GI Bill passed into law.
"That's your hallmark of greatness in the United States Senate," Warner said.
| February 10, 2011; 8:09 PM ET
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