November 18th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues

Hagel had sharp words for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday.
Hagel had sharp words for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday.

(CNN) - As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party - including conservative talk radio hosts.

"We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," Hagel said Tuesday during a speech in Washington, according to the Huffington Post.

"You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office," a sarcastic Hagel continued. "They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly. [The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."

Hagel has increasingly become critical of his party in the aftermath of the Iraq War and notably held back endorsing his longtime friend John McCain during the presidential campaign. He's reportedly under consideration for a cabinet post in the Obama administration.

Speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Hagel also faulted Washington lawmakers for "raw, partisan, political paralysis."

"The American people don't like what is going on... they want us to start doing what leaders are expected to do, address the problems, find some consensus to governing. Get along. There will be disagreements, sure... but in the end we can't hold ourselves captives to this raw, partisan, political paralysis."


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soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. David in Houston

    Amen...

    November 18, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  2. Guy

    Bravo. Finally someone on the right is critisizing the fact that some listen to much to the gas bag radio talkers. It becomes dangerous when that is their only source of information.

    November 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    I Love Chuck Hagel! and im hoping he does end up in Obamas cabinet ,seems Hagel and Powell are the only decent Republicans left and hes right about Limbaugh its the likes of Limbaugh and Hannity that are destroying the Republicans, cmon Obama put Hagel in your Cabinet! and lets hope Limbaugh gets kicked off the radio

    November 18, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. Tex

    Hagel is a worthless lifeform. I hope Democrats are prepared for the inevitable knife lodged squarely in their backs. Chuck is loyal to Chuck and no one else.

    November 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Diana

    Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! I believe that Rush, Hannity and the rest are rsponsible for the position the republican party now finds itself in.

    November 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. DJ in Colorado

    No one could have said it any better Sen. Hagel. Right on!

    November 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  7. Vigla

    Tell it like it is, Chuck!

    Oh by the way. I'm tired of reading comments with the words "loose" when what is meant is "LOSE". People don't "loose" elections. We aren't screws or bolts. People LOSE elections or games, or whatever...

    Funding for education is VERY important folks.

    November 18, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  8. Kevin PA

    I wish they were more politicians like Hagel

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  9. JB

    Rush who?!?

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  10. bobb dobbs

    Hagel was a Democrat running as a Republican. Of course he doesn't like Limbaugh.

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  11. Bryan in Indiana

    Chuck is one of the few republicans that I actually have some respect for. He is absolutely right.

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Matthew Gramlich

    Put him in the cabinet. He's a pragmatic bi-partisan who shows good judgement. We're going to need leaders like this to stick around, not retire to their home state.

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Doug Messer

    You go, Chuck! Pity he's not running for re-election. And I'm a democrat.

    November 18, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Chris

    Senator Hagel's comments on Rush and Conservative talk radio are appreciated and long overdue by someone from the Republican party! In my opinion, Sen. Hagel's bi-partisan posture would be very welcome in an Obama Cabinet.

    November 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Dan, TX

    AMEN!

    November 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  16. Maggie in NYS

    Well said, Senator Hagel!

    November 18, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  17. John in Ohio

    Hey Republicans: Can we trade you Hagel for Lieberman? A retired Hagel is worth 12 Liebermans any day of the week.

    November 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  18. Ohio Independent

    Way to go. Someone with guts who is speaking out against the conservative radio show morons. It's time to put our country first...

    November 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  19. Dj

    A man of real integrity and leadership qualities. Obama can't go wrong with Hagel in his admiistration.

    November 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  20. LyonsPhilly

    Good for you Chuck.....standing up against Limbaugh, Medved, Bennet and the other pinheads on talk radio...

    November 18, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  21. Jolene

    Interesting ... but you loss points as you have your own personal interests at heart. RINO...

    November 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  22. Chris

    I wish Chuck Hagel would be the SOS, but I guess I can settle for SOD. NO Robert Gates!

    November 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  23. JD

    This Democrat would like to see Hagel at the helm of State, but as that does not appear to be possible, Defense or Homeland Security. I think it would be a missed opportunity not to include Hagel in the cabinet. President-elect Obama said he wants Republicans in the cabinet, and there are few better than Hagel.

    November 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  24. Cammi317

    Ya have to love his honesty, don't cha?

    November 18, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  25. ohio

    I may not agree with him on certain issues but agree completely with this...100% against clowns like Rush.

    November 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
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