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Press Release - Jim Webb: Confederate Battle Flag 'Long Been Due' to Come Down

July 09, 2015

Jim Webb (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Former Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia, who announced last week he is seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, said Thursday the Confederate battle flag has "long been due" to come down, but once again urged people to keep in mind the broader context of the Civil War and the American South.

Mr. Webb was asked on "CBS This Morning" about South Carolina's move to take down the Confederate battle flag from state Capitol grounds.

"I think it's long been due to come down," Mr. Webb said. "The Confederate battle flag was a battle flag — it assumed a lot of unfortunate racist and divisionist overtones during the Civil Rights era."

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