May 5, 2015 10:25 PM
Steinhauser: NH1 News learns that Jim Webb will visit NH on May 15
NH1 Political Director - NH1.com
CONCORD – Jim Webb is making his first trip of the year to New Hampshire.
NH1 News was first to report Tuesday that the former senator from Virginia, who’s seriously considering a bid for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, will be in the first-in-the-nation primary state on May 15. On his itinerary, a private lunch in Portsmouth with Seacoast businesswoman and GOP activists Renee Plummer.
The visit will be Webb’s first to the Granite State since October, when he spoke at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics “Politics and Eggs” series. Last November Webb announced that he was setting up a presidential exploratory committee. If Webb does end up launching a presidential campaign, he would be considered a very long shot to win the Democratic nomination against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is also in the Democratic race, declaring his candidacy last week. And former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s likely to announce his bid later this month.
Webb, a former secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan, was elected to the Senate in 2006, upsetting GOP incumbent George Allen. His victory helped the Democrats regain control of the chamber. Webb decided not to run for re-election in 2012.
While in New Hampshire, Webb will also appear at the Veterans Count annual dinner. The mission of the Granite State service based group is to provide last-resort financial relief to veterans in need.