RICHMOND, Va. — Former Gov. Charles S. Robb, one of the state's most popular Democrats and a driving force for a more moderate national platform for his party, announced Tuesday that he will run for the U.S. Senate in 1988.
Robb, 48, told reporters in a crowded news conference that he has enjoyed a two-year break from public life while working with Virginia's largest law firm.
He said, however: "I've concluded that nothing provides me with the same sense of challenge and reward as public service and the formulation of public policy."
Robb, a son-in-law of President Lyndon B. Johnson, has been touted as a potential presidential or vice presidential nominee. He said that if he wins the nomination for the Senate, which is virtually assured, he will not alter his plans if a bigger opportunity arises. So far, he is the only announced Senate candidate from either party.