Webb Officially Pulls Out of Veepstakes

Senator says he told Obama last week he wouldn't run
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2008 7:25 PM CDT
Sen. James Webb, D-Va., left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., during a campaign event at the Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Va. Thursday, June 5, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Jim Webb withdrew his name from Barack Obama's VP shortlist today, squelching rumors he might bring military and foreign policy experience to the ticket, Chicago Tribune reports. The freshman Virginia senator has long denied interest, but says he bowed out officially last week. "I believe I am best equipped to serve the people of Virginia and this country" in the Senate, Webb said in a statement.