Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb announced Tuesday that he is ending his bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
In a statement on his website, Webb said he is withdrawing from the race due to views on issues that are “not compatible with the power structure and the nominating base of the Democratic Party.”
Webb stood out from his competitors in his support for gun rights and the Keystone XL Pipeline and his opposition to President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, according to the National Review.
In an email to reporters, Webb said he is considering running as an independent in the 2016 presidential election.
“The present-day Democratic and Republican parties are not providing the answers and the guarantees that we can rely on,” the statement read.
During the first Democratic debate, Webb said he was given less time to speak than his more well-known competitors. His comment about killing a man during his service in Vietnam prompted his son to write an Op-Ed in the Washington Post explaining the comment that some Democrats took offense to.
Before dropping out of the race, Webb polled 1 percent popularity in national Democratic polls and raised about $700,000 for his campaign.
"Americans don’t like the extremes to which both parties have moved in recent years, and I don’t blame them." #WebbNation— Jim Webb (@JimWebbUSA) October 20, 2015
"I fully accept that my views on many issues are not compatible with the power structure and the nominating base of the Democratic Party."— Jim Webb (@JimWebbUSA) October 20, 2015