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Jim Webb is the first 2016 presidential candidate — sort of

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has formed a presidential exploratory committee, the first step toward making a White House bid. On his pro-campaign website, Webb lays out his bipartisan biography as Secretary of the Navy under Reagan and as a Democratic lawmaker.

"All I ask is that you consider the record I am putting before you, and give me the opportunity to earn your trust," he writes.

Webb is considered a longshot in a Democratic field expected to include Hillary Clinton.