For a retiring senator, James Webb has gotten a lot of attention this week.
On Tuesday, Politico reported that the Virginia Democrat — who has disagreed with some President Obama’s proposals to raise income taxes for the wealthy — “wouldn’t even say” whether he would be willing to stump for Obama in Virginia next year.
Then Jonathan Karl asked Webb the same question on camera for an installment of ABC News’s “Subway Series.”
ABC notes that Webb “later followed up to clarify” that he supports Obama: “I am a member of the Democratic Party. President Obama will be our nominee, and I will support him.”
Webb has never been known to enjoy campaigning, whether for himself or anyone else, but he has cut ads and headlined events for several Virginia legislative candidates this year.
.On Tuesday, Webb delivered a lengthy speech on the Senate floor decrying “the lamentable decline in bipartisan behavior in this body.” Webb noted his frequent efforts to work across the aisle on other issues and complained about Republicans’ unwillingness to do so on his criminal justice bill and other pressing issues.
“People in this country are looking for leadership,” Webb said. “And obstructionism is not leadership.”