POLITICS
06/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Jim Webb Explains His Remarks On Civil War, Confederacy

Sen. Jim Webb responded to an article this morning suggesting that as a vice presidential candidate he would have difficulty explaining past comments about the Confederacy and the Civil War.

Webb repeatedly pointed out that his work as a historian is more complex than the treatment in the press. However, he stood by his statement that war service during the Civil War was motivated more by concerns of states' sovereignty than by the issue of slavery.

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