Hagel announced Monday his plans to retire from the Senate.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, announced Monday he will not run for president and will not seek a third term in the U.S. Senate.
“I’m here with my family to announce I will not seek re-election,” Hagel said at a news conference in Omaha. “Nor will I be a candidate for any office in 2008.”
Hagel has been a vocal critic of the Iraq war. He joins Sen. John Warner as the second Republican in recent weeks to announce he would retire when his term ends in Jan. 2009. Earlier this year, Sen. Wayne Allard, R-Colorado, said he would not run for re-election.
Hagel wouldn’t close the door to going back into public service, but offered no hints as to what position he would be interested in filling.
“I hope to have another opportunity in some capacity to serve my country,” he said. “Somewhere down the road.”
– CNN Political Ticker Producer Xuan Thai