The first official presidential candidate for 2016 is former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb.
The Democratic ex-lawmaker announced he formed an exploratory committee late Wednesday night, posting a 14-minute video and a lengthy letter to his website, webb2016.com.
By announcing his committee, the 68 year old becomes the first candidate for either major party who can raise money towards a presidential campaign. Webb has an extensive background in foreign policy issues, having served as Navy Secretary under President Ronald Reagan, and later winning a Senate seat in 2006 by using an antiwar, conservative Democratic platform to defeat the GOP incumbent George Allen
Webb never mentions Hillary Clinton (or Joe Biden?) by name, but his letter includes a passage admitting he’s a longshot: “Your early support will be crucial as I evaluate whether we might overcome what many commentators see as nearly impossible odds. We are starting with very little funding and no full-time staff.”
Watch below in 4:3 aspect ratio, because apparently Jim Webb lives in the early aughts:
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