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Dems will use Webb to ensnare Bush

webb.jpgHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say freshman U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will deliver the official Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address on January 23.

“In a call echoed by Americans across this nation, the people of Virginia sent Senator Webb to Congress to help take our country in a new direction,” Pelosi and Reid say in a news release. “As a combat veteran, he understands personally how crucial it is to find a new direction in Iraq and begin to bring the war to a close. Senator Webb represents the sweeping demand for leaders who will put aside gridlock in Washington to deliver change at home and abroad.”

For those just joining us, Webb is a Marine Corps Vietnam vet and Reagan-era Secretary of the Navy whose son is currently serving in Iraq; his upset victory last November over Republican incumbent George Allen helped give the Democrats their razor-thin Senate majority. Listen and watch for some fireworks in this speech.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.