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Former Va. senator James Webb to headline Democratic event in Iowa


Then-Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) poses for a portrait in 2012. (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post)

To the long list of politicians dipping their toes into the presidential waters of Iowa, add James Webb.

The former Democratic senator from Virginia will visit Iowa this month, home to the first-in-the-nation presidential caucuses. Webb is slated to headline an evening event for the Linn Phoenix Club, a Democratic group in Cedar Rapids, on Aug. 20, according to an invitation obtained by The Washington Post.

Tickets for what's billed as "a very special" event, to be held at a local union hall, are going for $50 for club members and $100 for non-members, according to the invitation.

Webb, a Vietnam War veteran and former secretary of the Navy, made headlines in May when he said in a radio interview on WAMU that he is considering a presidential run in 2016.

"My wife and I are just thinking about what to do next," Webb said. "I care a lot about where the country is, and we'll be sorting that out."

Webb, a prolific author, has been promoting his recently published memoir, “I Heard My Country Calling."

Philip Rucker is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post, where he has reported since 2005.

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