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Webb As Secretary of Defense?

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Del. Bob Marshall is floating a rumor, that is getting some buzz around a few conservative web sites. He sent out an email that claims current Virginia Senator Jim Webb would like to be considered for Secretary of Defense and if offered would accept the position.

Marshall sent out the email to supporters asking for help getting rid of the debt from his failed run for the republican nomination for U.S. Senate this past election cycle. He was trying to make the case to that he needs to be prepared for a future run for federal office and in order to do that, he must have his campaign debt eliminated.

Here is what Marshall said in the e-mail:

“In fact, two well-connected friends have told me that Senator Jim Webb is interested in the Secretary of Defense position in the new Administration.  If he were offered the position and he accepted, that would leave Jim Webb’s U.S. Senate seat open.

I have been in contact with a few well placed Virginia Democrats that were unaware of the rumor.

I wouldn’t expect Bob Marshall to be on the “inside” of negotiations for the next Secretary of Defense in an Obama administration, but the speculation does provide for good fodder.  Webb’s military background, his opposition to the Iraq War and his experience in the Department of Defense offer Barack Obama an impressive combination of skills and experience. Webb could single handily placate the hard core left concerned that he is softening already on his Iraq position and military officials concerned that Obama lacks the experience and judgment to be commander in chief.

Warning: This is all heavy speculation. No one that I have read or spoke to has any rumors or leaks that come from individuals connected to the Obama Administration or Jim Webb himself.


Written by Ryan Nobles

November 20, 2008 at 9:21 pm

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  1. Don’t forget, Bob Marshall used to be a congressional staffer alongside U.S. Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) and has strong ties across the aisle. It isn’t out of the realm of possibility that Marshall has heard something that others have not.


    November 21, 2008 at 1:53 am

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