45 Facts About Jim Webb

1. Jim Webb wrote about the painting in his 2009 book A Time to Fight.

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2. Jim Webb is a prolific author who has published 10 books, including "Born Fighting" about the history of the Scot-Irish culture, and "Fields of Fire", a novel about the Vietnam War.

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3. Jim Webb served as assistant secretary of defense from 1984 to 1987.

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4. Jim Webb became the fifth Democrat to announce a presidential bid last week.

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5. Jim Webb has a $150,000 contract with Warner Bros for an ongoing movie project.

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6. Jim Webb has a stepdaughter, Emily, from Hong Le Jim Webb's previous marriage.

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7. Jim Webb has written for many national journals and newspapers, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

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8. Jim Webb has authored ten books, six of which were bestsellers.

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9. In 2015, Jim Webb officially launched his 2016 presidential campaign.

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10. Jim Webb served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1984 to 1987.

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11. Jim Webb said in 2016 that he would not support Hillary Clinton, though he did not rule out voting for Trump.

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12. In 1984, Jim Webb was appointed as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs under President Ronald Reagan and in 1987 he was named Secretary of the Navy.

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13. Jim Webb was wounded twice during his service and was awarded the Navy Cross, a high honor that is just below the Medal of Honor.

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14. Jim Webb wrote that allowing women into the military would harm the armed forces.

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15. Jim Webb is a former Virginia senator who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

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16. Jim Webb is a one-time Republican who switched to the Democratic party in 2006.

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17. Jim Webb might be good fit for a Rand Paul administration which would, at least initially, be fairly anti-intervention.

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18. Jim Webb would have overseen the US withdrawal from Syria, and despite his party affiliation, he holds views similar to those of Trump on US intervention in the Middle East, being a vocal opponent of the Iraq War.

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19. Jim Webb is under consideration for secretary of Defense, shooing away what would have been an eyebrow-raising appointment from across the aisle.

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20. Jim Webb would have overseen the US withdrawal from Syria, and despite his party affiliation, he holds views similar to those of Trump on US intervention in the Middle East.

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21. Jim Webb won election to the senate in 2006, defeating incumbent George Allen.

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22. Jim Webb made a formal announcement on July 2, 2015, through an open letter on his webb2016 website, that he would seek the Democratic Party's nomination for the presidency.

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23. On June 15, 2015, Jim Webb announced he would make a decision regarding a presidential bid by the end of the month.

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24. Jim Webb made the announcement via a video posted on his website, as well as on YouTube.

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25. On February 9, 2011, Jim Webb announced that he would not run for re-election for his Senate seat in 2012.

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26. Jim Webb worked in the 1990s as a consultant for companies attempting to do business in Vietnam.

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27. Jim Webb visited Vietnam as part of a two-week trip to five Southeast Asian countries.

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28. On January 23, 2007, Jim Webb delivered the Democratic response to the President's State of the Union address, focusing on the economy and Iraq.

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29. Jim Webb replied "I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr President.

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30. On September 7, 2006, Jim Webb released his first television advertisement, which included footage of a 1985 speech by Ronald Reagan that praised Webb's service as a Marine.

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31. Jim Webb supported Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey's campaign for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination.

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32. Jim Webb wrote that Bush had "committed the greatest strategic blunder in modern memory" with the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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33. Jim Webb warned against a permanent military presence in the Middle East.

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34. Jim Webb resigned in 1988 after refusing to agree to reduce the size of the Navy.

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35. Jim Webb attended the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit and led the Pledge of Allegiance in the opening session.

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36. Jim Webb attended Georgetown Law Center from 1972 to 1975, graduating with a Juris Doctor degree.

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37. Jim Webb received the Navy Cross for actions on July 10, 1969.

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38. Jim Webb was then assigned to the Secretary of the Navy's office for the remainder of his active duty.

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39. Jim Webb was awarded the Navy Cross for heroism in Vietnam, the second highest decoration in the Navy and Marine Corps.

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40. Jim Webb served as a platoon commander with Delta Company, 1st Battalion 5th Marines.

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41. Jim Webb was promoted to first lieutenant in the second half of his tour in Vietnam.

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42. Jim Webb is a stepfather to Hong Le's daughter from a previous marriage.

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43. Jim Webb was married twice previously, and has four grown children.

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44. Jim Webb is married to Hong Le Jim Webb, a Vietnamese-American securities and corporate lawyer.

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45. Jim Webb is descended from Scots-Irish immigrants from Ulster who emigrated in the mid-18th century to the British North American colonies.

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