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Webb: One show not enough to fully criticize Clinton's record

By By Dan Merica
Published On: Aug 22 2014 03:42:26 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 23 2014 07:38:25 AM CDT
Jim Webb

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -

Democrat Jim Webb needs more than one show if you want him to critique Hillary Clinton's record as secretary of state.

During an appearance on Iowa Public Television's "Iowa Press" show, Webb -- a former senator from Virginia who is considered a dark horse to run for president in 2016 -- was asked to critique Clinton's record at the State Department.

According to Radio Iowa's story about the interview, Webb said, "I think there's time to have that discussion later."

"Why not now?" a reporter asked.

"It would probably take up the whole show," Webb retorted. "I think there were good points when Secretary Clinton was secretary of state, particularly what they call the pivot to Asia."

But, he added, "I think the actions in the Arab Spring were probably detrimental."

Webb also expressed concerned about the "unilateral decision of (the Obama) administration to use force in Libya."

Webb, who said he hoped to be back in Iowa again soon, was interviewed on Iowa Press for a total of 25 minutes.

"I think we ought to have more Democrats coming out here," Webb said, seemingly encouraging more Democrats to run for president. "We need to stimulate the debate about where the country is."

Clinton, who spent four years as President Barack Obama's top diplomat, is widely considered the front runner for the Democratic nomination and is admittedly thinking about running for president.

Webb is on a two-day trip through Iowa, where he is campaigning for Bruce Braley, the Democrats' U.S. Senate candidate.

The former secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan has not ruled out running for president. Webb told Diane Rehm on her nationally syndicated NPR show that he and his wife are "just thinking about what to do next."

"I care a lot about where the country is and we'll be sorting that out," Webb said. "It takes me a while to decide things, and I'm not going to say one way or the other, really."

On Thursday, WHO TV in Iowa asked Webb whether he could beat Clinton if they both decide to run in 2016.

His response: "No comment."