Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb hasn’t been seen much since announcing late last year he was exploring a bid for president, but he told a ballroom full of firefighters Tuesday they may be seeing a lot more of him soon.
Webb delivered remarks at the International Association of Fire Fighters Conference just off Capitol Hill, one of eight prospective White House contenders to speak in person on the second day of the gathering. (Jeb Bush spoke in a recorded video.) Wedged between Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida, the published author’s subdued speaking style stood in contrast to two of the GOP’s more gifted orators. It was a reminder of the knock against Webb's potential candidacy: He loves the policy work of politics far more than the theater of the campaign trail.