The Washington Times - May 19, 2008, 12:04PM
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Just as the Democratic veepstakes begin in earnest and Sen. Jim Webb releases a book on politics, the senator from Virginia said yesterday that he would “highly discourage” anyone from asking him to run for vice president.\ \ “At this point, no one’s asking, no one’s talking and I’m not that interested,” Mr. Webb, 62, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”\ \ “I would highly discourage them,” said Mr. Webb said, sighing as host Tim Russert pressed him to say whether he would accept a spot on a ticket with either Sen. Barack Obama or Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.\ \ Still, Mr. Webb is increasingly mentioned as a Democrat who deserves a spot on his party’s short list for vice president.\ \ His book does nothing to quell rumors that he would seek higher office. In fact, a publicist press release notes that Mr. Webb has received attention for Democratic vice-presidential consideration.\ \ On the cover of “A Time to Fight: Reclaiming a Fair and Just America,” being released today, Mr. Webb appears deep in thought with his hand to chin and sporting a suit and tie. The 255-page book is rich with statements that would translate into a national campaign, including patriotic sentiment such as, “I owe those who went before me the kind of country they fought to create and wanted to perfect” and “I owe my children the kind of country they want to see preserved and further greatened.”
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Christina Bellantoni, national political reporter, The Washington Times