9 Questions with Senator Jim Webb

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8. VA Governor Race

RCP: I'm hoping I can get you to speak about the Virginia Governor race this year. I covered your 2006 primary race with Harris Miller pretty closely. He seemed to pull in a ton of support from local and state politicians, while national Democrats were coming to back you because they felt you had the best chance of knocking out George Allen. What parallels, if any, do you see with the current primary race and yours?

Webb: I don't see any. I seriously mean that. I think that the differences are much greater than the similarities, if you go back. The only real similarities I see are that Terry McAuliffe and I -- neither of us have ever run for office before and we were not insiders in the state Democratic Party. But just about everything else is different. I got a lot of support inside the state; a tremendous volunteer base from the beginning. I had no money. And Terry McAuliffe is known as a profligate fundraiser. So I think our situations actually were a little reversed when you get beyond the basic similarity.

I got out in a 10-year-old Jeep, put 36-, 37,000 miles on this old Jeep with my radio operator from Vietnam as my driver. We hit three town hall meetings a night. And I don't think we spent $100,000 in the whole primary. We didn't have one ad -- radio or TV. Not one. It was all word of mouth. Harris Miller had more than a million dollars and ran ads and did a lot of other things. So I don't think there's much of a parallel.

I don't know how this is going to come out. I have no idea how it's going to come out. I do know that Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds have been running hard for two years. It's going to be very interesting to see.

 

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