Updated with Press Release from the Allen Campaign.
I ridiculed Jim Webb yesterday for being silent as the Senate Democrats fought to pass legislation on Iraq. Both of the democrats plans failed. This was Webb's chance to talk up his knowledge on Iraq as the Senate debated the issue all week. Today Webb spoke out saying he would have voted the same way the Republicans voted. That is right! A big fat no to John Kerry's retreat plan.
"I don't think it was a good proposal. I would have voted against it," Webb said at an impromptu news conference after a morning meeting with Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.(LINK)
So Webb would have voted with the Republicans and Sen George Allen. In other words he would have supported the presidents plan. Jim Webb has no new ideas. He is not supporting his party and that could come into play as he needs that campaign cash. How does Webb win party support when he does not support his party? I have to agree with those who say Webb is still a republican at heart. He is confused and that is not going to win him votes or support from either side. The other democratic sponsored bill called the Levin plan also failed. Would Webb have supported it with the 39 other democrats? We will never know.
But Webb eluded a clear answer when asked if he would have supported a nonbinding Democratic resolution that would have urged Bush to begin withdrawing troops this year without setting a deadline for leaving Iraq. That measure failed on a 60-39 vote.(LINK) Bold print by Kilo
Webb spoke but said nothing. Here was another chance to tell us his big plans for Iraq, his touted strong point. Silence again. Day 5-Born Ducking
“Webb Eluded a Clear Answer” on Iraq Amendment
Democratic Candidate continues Iraq vacillations, contradictions
ARLINGTON, VA – After refusing yesterday to answer how he would have voted on Democratic amendments calling for an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, Democratic Senate nominee James H. Webb, Jr. continued to elude a question regarding his position on an immediate withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.
The Associated Press reported today that during a news conference “Webb eluded a clear answer when asked if he would have supported a nonbinding Democratic resolution that would have urged Bush to begin withdrawing troops this year without setting a deadline for leaving Iraq.”
Today’s Richmond Times Dispatch reported that yesterday Webb “declined to say how he would have voted” on amendments by Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and Carl Levin that called for immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq. According to the Associated Press, Webb, who has made earlier statements calling for the immediate withdrawal of troops from Iraq, finally said today he would oppose the Kerry amendment.
“James H. Webb, Jr. is not only trying to have it both ways on Iraq, he has taken three or more contradictory and vacillating positions,” said Dick Wadhams, campaign manager for U.S. Senator George Allen’s reelection campaign. “Just in the last two days he and his campaign have refused to say how he would vote, then said he supported immediate withdrawal, then said he opposed the Kerry plan for immediate withdrawal, then he ‘eluded’ an answer to how he would have voted on the other Democratic withdrawal amendment.”
“If you disagree with something James H. Webb, Jr. says about Iraq, just wait a few hours and he’ll change his position.”