October 14th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
6 years ago

Michelle Obama to host Hagel's wife at last debate

The Obama announced that Sen. Hagel's wife, Lilibet, will join Michelle Obama at the final presidential debate. The two men are pictured in this file photo during Obama's summer Mid East trip.
The Obama announced that Sen. Hagel's wife, Lilibet, will join Michelle Obama at the final presidential debate. The two men are pictured in this file photo during Obama's summer Mid East trip.

(CNN) – The Obama campaign announced that Lilibet Hagel, the wife of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, will accompany Michelle Obama at Wednesday night’s final presidential debate.

“I am honored to join Michelle Obama at the debate tomorrow night and to strongly support Senator Obama as our country’s next president,” Lilibet Hagel said in a statement released by the Obama campaign.

“Elections have consequences, and this election may be the most important of my lifetime. We have a chance to throw out the disastrous policies of the last eight years and elect a leader who is smart, honest, steady and wise. I am convinced Barack Obama is the right leader to get us to a very bright future,” Mrs. Hagel added.

Sen. Hagel was recently critical of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

Related: Palin's experience a 'stretch,' says Hagel

"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently told a Nebraska newspaper. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

Hagel is a longtime friend of Sen. John McCain but traveled with Obama to the Middle East in July. He has said he will not endorse either candidate. Hagel is not seeking re-election in the Senate when he term ends at the end of this year.

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Anita from Arizona

    A seat for Hagel in an Obama Administration is exactly where Hagel belongs.

    October 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  2. Griff

    But refuses to tell the truth... Mr Hagle...

    October 14, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  3. Cathy Agu

    wow

    October 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. frodo

    As long as good people who call themselves Republicans, cling to the idea that their party is still with them and fiscally conservative, our country will go down the tubes. Open your minds, people. Bob Barr is the only fiscal conservative still in the running.
    What we need in a debate....is...a...debate...

    And as long as good people who call themselves Democrats, who value individuality, and government out of your personal business, you too, are part of the problem by clinging to your party line. Bob Barr has worked closely with the ACLU and is against the war in Iraq...in fact, he is against the huge interventionist policy that we have had for decades. So, if you are anti-war, and don't want the government dictating who can get married, then Libertarian Bob Barr is your candidate.

    Clinging to these old party ideas that have been corrupted just allows the corruption to continue. Vote for real change. Vote for Liberty.

    October 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  5. HKSESQCPA

    Hagel for Secretary of Defense or of State. He is the best Republican out there. Would have been a venerable candidate had he run.

    October 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  6. Guru X

    Sign of the times?

    October 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  7. Brian

    The Hagels are a great American family and the fact that they are supporting Obama's White House run just makes me that much more confident that I'm voting for the right person for president. In fact, I'll be voting for him later today (absentee) and I am exhilarated I finally get to take part in this historic process!

    October 14, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. Branden

    We need more politicians who will tell the truth. It seems that the straight talk express has a flat tire...

    October 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. Mike

    Hagel for Prez!

    October 14, 2008 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  10. marcia

    it is about time that people followed their beliefs instead of their "party"

    October 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  11. Bingo!!!

    Hagel is right about Palin.

    She foreign policy experience is seeing Russia from her house!

    Oh, she also has experience in how to be Unethical & Abuse her powers!

    She is also known to have supported her husband who was part of a party that wants to separate Alaska from USA.

    Finally, she also knows how to make a small town go from zero deficit to a $20 million deficit!!

    October 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  12. Griff

    All you can say about Acorn.. Is Obama cheated Hillary Clinton out of her Leadership Race.... By the same Tactic's..

    October 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  13. Debbie in Los Angeles

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!

    Obama/Biden in '08!

    October 14, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Amazing!!!!

    Obama to McCain: Checkmate

    October 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. ohio voter

    new cbs/ nyt poll obama 53% to McCain 39 %

    Thank you Mrs Hagel

    October 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. REDNECKS LOVE OBAMA

    I expect he will appoint Hagel or some other Republican to his cabinet... Obama will help UNITE our country instead of divide it like McCain/Palin is doing.

    October 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. The American Dream is Alive and Well

    Welcome Mrs. Hagel!

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 14, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Rob - WA

    Wow! BAM. How many more nails can go into that McFailin coffin??

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I like both women. Good Luck, Ladies.

    On another note: (ha ha – one of CNNs reporters said he attended an ACORN training where about half the people wore Obama buttons, so there is an Obama tie --- hmmmmm – wonder what buttons the other half wore?).

    HA HA HA HA HA

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  20. Amy

    Thank you Mrs. Hagel. And thank you Senator Hagel for your honesty regarding Governor Palin. I wish more Republicans would stand up and do the right thing-admit that Palin was a poor choice at best, a dangerous choice at worst.

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Lee

    Even William F Buckley's son has endorsed Obama (which cost him his job at the National review, the once thinking man's conservative magazine that his father founded.

    this election is shaping up between those that think (and actually put "Country First") and those that easily swayed by the hate and stupidity that the Republican Party now markets as it's only reason for existence.

    It's shameful how the republican party has descended this way.

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  22. Lynn in NM

    Well, that makes me rethink my vote. Someone's wife is supporting Obama. Wow!!

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  23. Amy

    I love it!

    Obama/Biden 08!!

    October 14, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  24. Lauren in California

    We need more of people reaching across party lines, and no more of the divisivness that has been going on lately with the republican camp.

    October 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  25. Frances

    Good Job Michelle and Smart thinking Mrs Hagel!!

    October 14, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
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