Former Senator Jim Webb to Visit Iowa and New Hampshire

 Jim WebbPotential presidential and former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., Webb will be back in Iowa on Wednesday, he is due to stops in Sioux City, according to a news release.

The Democrat, who also served as secretary of the Navy, visited Iowa for several days in April, including a trip to the Iowa Capitol.

Webb has set up an exploratory committee to determine whether to run for the White House. He previously said he plans to make a final decision “in good time.”

Webb will also make his first visit of the year to New Hampshire on May 15 when he attends the annual dinner of Veterans Count, hosted by the New Hampshire-based organization committed to providing last-resort financial relief to needy veterans. The dinner will be held at the Service Credit Union in Portsmouth.

Webb keynoted the Veterans Count dinner in May 2014 and set up an exploratory committee for a possible presidential run in November 2014.

Also on May 15, Webb is scheduled to meet with Seacoast business leaders at a private lunch hosted by Portsmouth businesswoman and Republican activist Renee Plummer.

The Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday that it will sanction six debates among candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.

The schedule has not been determined but the debates will begin this fall and the four early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina will each host a debate.

As yet, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont are the only two announced candidates for the Democratic nomination.

Webb is stressing in public appearances and on Twitter that he has long discussed the plight of African-Americans in U.S. cities and that he specifically used Baltimore as an example in a September speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

“We live indisputably in the greatest country on earth. The premise of the American dream is that all of us have an equal opportunity to succeed,” Webb had said during the Washington speech.

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