November 18th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
6 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."


Filed under: Chuck Hagel
soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. Doug Messer

    we need more people like him in Congress, regardless of party affiliation.

    November 18, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  2. Rich

    I couldn't have said it better. Watch now when that dopey Rush and equally moronic Hannity and O'Reilly will be all over him.

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

    Please boycott the Limbaugh program and any advertisers supporting it.

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. enough

    The next secretary of Defense

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  5. MD, TX

    Hagel is not a GOP Senator. He is an opportunist and a fool.

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Lee-- Dallas, TX

    Gotta love this guy... He has the right stuff. I really hope he stay's involved on a national in some sort of way.

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. tom & chris bay shore, ny

    boy is this guy right. the hate mongers on tv and radio ie. hannity, limpbag, and the ever pleasant billo should indeed run for office if they think they can do a better job. but no,i don't think they have the balls to run for office. they just have big hateful mouths and continue to sprew crap because thats all they can do. just complain and lie and belittle. if they are so smart lets see them prove it. this country has had enough of this partisan bull. we are all americans and we all want the best for this country and ourselves and the world we live in. we want to leave a better place for our children and grandchildren. we want health care and jobs and a clean world. i think the way we get there is with the democrats. i will gladly donate more to obama for his historic inauguration.

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  8. Lawrence in Denver

    Spoken like a true gentleman.

    ~Lawrence in Denver

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    If President Elect Obama is going to have Republicans in his administration I think Chuck Hagel would be a good fit. I see him envolved with foreign affairs or security.

    November 18, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Matt

    Hagel rules. Why don't more democrats and republicans understand that bipartisanship is truly what the overwhelming majority of Americans want?

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  11. Bob

    Yes, yes, a million times yes.

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  12. Finally

    I am sure that President Elect Obama will be able to find a place for him in "Our White House"!

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  13. Alex

    I admire Hagel more and more, and wouldn't be surprised to see him in some position in an Obama administration. Many thought he had a good chance for the VP slot.

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. Carlos

    Holly s....
    WoW there are other that see what Rush L. really is. That is all he does rip everyon down

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. patriot

    Thank you, Sen. Hagel. It is about time all of the rational, intelligent people from both parties bring down this divisive gasbag. Every day since the election I am feeling better about the good people of this country coming together and isolating and banishing this small, very vocal minority whose main goal seems to be to fanning the flames of ignorance, anger and paranoia. Let there be light, at last! Good riddance, Limbaugh and your ilk.

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. joe

    Chucky baby should just go ahead and change his affiliation...He's been a democrat in disguise for years. A wolf in cheap clothing....
    He's been a waste up there for the republicans and as far as I'm concerned "don't let the door hit you as you jump sides"...Oh and as far as your comments on Rush, he's got more intelligence in his little finger than you do in that mush head of yours...he would be ten times better in your position and would do a lot more than you would have...goodbye chucky baby...good ridence..

    November 18, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Lisa Kudrow

    Finally someone speaks the truth about these Know it all monsters like Rush and Hannity. Since they know so much why don't they run themselves

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Colin

    Good for him. Thats an example of real integrity unlike that opportunistic wyrm Lieberman

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Danny in Chicago

    That's so funny! Thank you for calling out Limbaugh! I'm liking Hagel more and more!

    Limbaugh is nothing but a divider and I'm so grateful that not all Republicans see the world the same way he does.....

    Hope is spreading across this great country!!!

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. J.Crobuzon

    As my hero Rube Goldberg used to say, "They all look good when they're far away." And there was a saying in baseball, too, to the effect that it's easy to sit up in the cheap seats and yell advice, but not so easy when you're on the field.

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. I'm just saying

    Limbaugh? Is anyone really still listening to that windbag?

    If you're curious, read "The Way Things Aren't: Rush Limbaugh's Reign of Error" to find out how factually incorrect and ignorant he is. Thankfully, it no longer matters because he's also completely irrelevant – finally understood by Americans as the hateful fraud he's always been.

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Mel in GA

    agreed!!

    November 18, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Ohio for Obama

    I'm a pretty staunch Democrat but I wish I could vote for this guy...

    November 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. Humble American

    A great leader to bring into the cabinent, Pres. Elect Obama.

    November 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Tim in Seattle

    It's about time someone spoke up about that fat hippocrit Limbaugh...that sorry excuse for a man needs to find a hole and crawl into it and not be seen or heard again...

    November 18, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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