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Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb Tests Waters In Iowa

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb touched down in Iowa last week in what appears to be a potential run for president. The Washington Post took note of Webb’s activities and his 800-mile whirlwind tour which includes plans to hit New Hampshire as well. The Iowa swing included phone banks, a speech to union organizers and a veteran’s roundtable.

The decorated war veteran left the Senate after one high profile term that included landmark legislation updating the GI Bill to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan obtain educational benefits and even a cover story in Parade Magazine pushing prison reform.

Webb’s people will say only that he is thinking about how he could contribute to the country. But the Post article notes he has not spent time building a network or supporters, or donors compared with Hillary Clinton, who is expected to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016.