October 14th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
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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. Veteran for change

    I wish Sen Hagel would come out and formally endorse Sen Obama. I think it is quite clear he sees who the real choice for change is in this election.

    Go Obama/Biden 08!

    October 14, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  2. THE WATCHER

    McCain should have never picked Pailin. America simply can't stomach her as possibly the President? Can you imagine?

    October 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  3. John from LA

    Is this supposed to mean something????-Who cares what Michelle O thinks-oh I get it-it's supposed to mean that the O's are scary-this will certainly convince people to vote for BO.

    Remember what the good Rev. Wright said about his former parishoner..."Barack is a politician and he'll do whatever it takes to get elected"

    October 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  4. I Just Said Thanks, but No Thanks to Another 4 Years of g.o.p. corruption, arrogance and incompetence

    If she could only bring her husband, one of the finest senators in either party.
    Chuck Hagel deserves a spot in the Obama administration – perhaps, Sect. of Defense.

    Meanwhile, what's with Palin's ties to fringe Alaska politics?
    Is she a Manchurian ("Constitutional – Alaska Independent Party") Candidate; having successfully infiltrated the Alaska Republican Party?

    You betcha, you're gonna have to wait there, until after 11-4.

    October 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  5. McCainGate

    This country needs stability and Barak Obama is smart and stable enough to bring this country back.

    October 14, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Just another example of how Obama's campaign and its supporters are all about reaching across that aisle! It will be wonderful to see those two women sitting side by side at the debate. Chuck Hagel should have a place in President Obama's Cabinet!
    YES WE CAN!!!

    October 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  7. DeVone

    as I have said McCain's own fellow republicans has thrown
    him to the dogs and Palin thinks she makes a real differance
    are visit to the special needs families well and fine but what about their health care she didnot mention that her family is taken
    care of

    October 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  8. Surafel Melaku

    It will be a foot step for other Republican to join Obama for '08 election. Even thought the election in on Nov. 4, people already make their mind who to vote for and that is Barack H. Obama.

    October 14, 2008 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  9. Ken in NC

    Hagel's wife sees the light. It is time for change. I know many support Obama but I hope we all realize that his term in office is not going to be long enough to fix all our problems. He will put us on the road back in the right direction but it is going to take many years for this country to recover it's status in the world. At least we have a leader that can do that for us.

    The next thing that has to be done is that we must all work with him to fix OUR country. He will only be our leader. We, AMERICANS, will have to do the labor and we will have to sacrifice to do it. I hope all realize this.

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  10. linda n carolina

    Ive got my fingers crossed that we will see Sen Hagel in the Obama White House. Welcome aboard.

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  11. gq tha teacha

    iam a big Chuck Hagel fan and he is gonna b tha next Sec.Of Defense fo sho and much respect to Sen.Richard Lugar and Gen.Wesley Clark!!!!

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Queen

    That's it Obama! Show them how to work across party lines. This is the way democracy is ran, everyone can be represented and everyone should be represented. It's not about the party, its about the people and Obama is for the people! What else do people want? He has experience, character, intelligence, sound judgement, humality, intergerity, (Gosh, that far out ways what we've had for the last eight years and what the other side seeks to bring to the table) and this may or may not be important but he is very handsome (don't worry Mitchelle, I respect you, him and the American people:)). Just an observation.

    Obama/Biden

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  13. where's the news?

    A big "who cares". Is this News? I think Not!!!

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  14. Susan from Scotts Valley, CA

    If Hagel and Powell would come out and endorse Obama, that would be great news!

    October 14, 2008 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  15. ines

    Michelle Obama will make a great first lady.

    October 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  16. KMiley

    I agree with HKSESQCPA. Hagel will be VERY available in January. Hmmm... I think I'd bet on Sec. of Defense not State. Too bad Colin Powell bet on the wrong administration in 2000. Bush/Cheney never appreciated his perspective.

    October 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  17. ML

    I'm glad she will be there. It is very important to start bringing these people out in the last couple of weeks

    October 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  18. Denise

    Frodo,

    Some of us believe that government has an important role in our lives. We need government to pay for roads and schools and policemen and firemen and our military. We need government to pay for our services such as water and garbage. We need government to take care of our seniors when they retire and our sick or unemployed.

    We should also expect decent healthcare from our government. Government is also needed to improve the quality of our chidren's education so that our nation can remain competitive in this global economy. Improving education will eventually reduce jail populations and save tax payers lots of money.

    October 14, 2008 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  19. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    An American being censored again – shame shame

    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 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  20. Obama Supporter from UK

    Couldn't have said it any better myself...

    “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.

    October 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. McCain too Erratic, Palin too Ignorant

    The idea of an erratic personalitiy such as McCain's leading this country and someone as ignorant as Palin serving in a foreign policy capacity is downright scary.

    October 14, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  22. Dan

    I guess Jesse Jackson will not be with Michelle. His words in France about the future of Obama's politics are interesting though.

    October 14, 2008 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  23. L.A. Woman

    I love it... Bravo, Mrs. Hagel! It's nice to see intelligent Republicans putting "Country First." Even though I am a Democrat, I have always admired and respected Senator Hagel. I think he would make an excellent Secretary of Defense.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  24. McCain is TOAST!

    Starting this Saturday we're kicking off the Obama 08 bumper sticker campaign.

    Display your support and get FIRED UP and READY TO VOTE!

    October 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  25. Karen - Missouri Ozarks

    It's nice to see the Hagel family and the Obama family together. It's certainly a better picture for bipartisan work than seeing McCain divide this country with hate.

    October 14, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
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