Where Webb stands on the issues

Economy: Jim Webb speaks about the need for economic “fairness” and ways of addressing the disparity between the wealthy and the poor. He has said he would pursue a tax overhaul if elected president and suggested he would reduce the corporate tax rate in exchange for eliminating numerous loopholes. Webb has said he would examine shifting tax policies away from income and more toward consumption. He has cited the need to repair crumbling roads and bridges and advocated for federal programs to fix the nation’s infrastructure.


Foreign policy: Webb noted that he wrote about the potential problems of going to war in Iraq five months before the 2003 invasion by the U.S. He has said the invasion of Iraq strengthened Iran and he’s criticized President Obama’s use of force in Libya. He has called for the creation of a “new strategic doctrine” for foreign policy that would lay out the circumstances in which the U.S. would use military force. Webb has been wary of nuclear talks with Iran.


Veterans: Webb was central in the passage of the post-Sept. 11 GI Bill for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan seeking to attend college. He has said it “shows that you can get things done in the United States government; you can get over the paralysis and work across the aisle.” He also pushed for ensuring that service members have enough time in the U.S. before being deployed overseas for another mission.


Criminal justice: In the Senate, Webb championed ways to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system, pointing to the swollen prison population and the influx of incarcerated drug offenders since the 1980s. He held Senate hearings to address the matter, arguing the country was spending billions on nonviolent offenders.


Gay marriage: Webb welcomed the Supreme Court decision allowing gay marriage in all 50 states. He said it ensures the government no longer discriminates yet clearly defines the separation of church and state. He said the decision gives religious groups “proper protection” under the First Amendment to continue to advocate their beliefs regarding traditional marriage.

Associated Press