The Honorable James Webb, Jr., former Democratic senator from Virginia, is coming to Manila and will speak at the Thursday October 4 Rotary Club of Manila meeting at the New World Hotel in Makati over lunch. Organizer Jack Rodriguez has generously offered Democrats Abroad Philippines an 11-seat table. Tickets are P1000 each to cover the cost of lunch. Please RSVP to Lisa Pagkalinawan (email@example.com, 0917-892-2989) by September 19 if you would like to attend.
A Vietnam War veteran, Webb was Navy secretary in the Reagan administration, and he ran and won his Senate seat in 2008 as a moderate Democrat. He was Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs, Counsel for the United States House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and a Marine Corps officer. In the private sector he has been an Emmy Award winning journalist, a filmmaker, and the author of ten books. In addition, he taught literature at the United States Naval Academy and was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics. As a member of the Democratic Party, Webb announced on July 2, 2015, that he would be joining the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but stepped down from running in the primaries on October 20, 2015, stating that he was "not comfortable" and "unhappy" with many of the party's political positions.