Source: Jim Webb to drop Democratic bid for president

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Jim Webb

WASHINGTON (AP) – A person familiar with his plans says former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb is dropping out of the Democratic race for president and is considering launching an independent bid instead.

Webb planned to hold a news conference on Tuesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity and was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of Webb’s announcement.

Webb repeatedly complained during the first Democratic debate last week that he had little time to answer questions. He said Thursday he felt the debate had been “rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor.”

The Iowa Democratic Party says Webb will not appear at Saturday’s major Jefferson-Jackson fundraiser in Des Moines.

Webb was expected to speak on his decision Tuesday at the National Press Club in Washington.

By KEN THOMAS, Associated Press

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