I contacted Judge Jim Gray, the Libertarian Party’s 2012 Vice Presidential nominee, about an article published on IPR December 25 announcing that Gray planned to attend the January 3 Democratic Liberty Caucus event in South Carolina. The event reportedly planned to feature former Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, who last month opened an exploratory committee to decide whether to seek the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nomination. However, according to Gray, Webb will likely not attend the event. His name no longer appears on the program.
This development has disappointed Gray, who acknowledged Webb’s presidential intentions, but had no information on whether Webb might seek the Libertarian Party’s 2016 presidential nomination.
“From the limited information I have about [Webb],” says Gray, “he would be an attractive candidate.”
Webb served as Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan administration and served one term in the Senate following the 2006 Democratic sweep. He was tapped as a potential running mate for Barack Obama in 2008, but later pulled his name from consideration.
“Time will tell!” says Gray on the prospect of Webb running for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination.
Current candidates for the nomination include activist Robert Milnes, writer Darryl Perry, perennial candidate Kip Lee, small business owner Robert Kuffel, and self-proclaimed genius Keenan Dunham. Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, the 2012 nominee, has shown interest in running again.