Conservative group unveils anti-Hagel TV ad
January 18th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
5 years ago

Conservative group unveils anti-Hagel TV ad

(CNN) - The conservative group American Future Fund released Friday its first television ad in a multi-platform campaign against former Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee.

The spot will air on cable television in New York, the group said, and is critical of the state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer and his support for Hagel's nomination.

"After a career supporting Israel, Schumer now backs Chuck Hagel for defense secretary," the narrator reads. "The same Chuck Hagel who supported direct negotiations with Iran after Iran's President threatened to wipe Israel off the map."

The spot also makes a couple unsupported suggestions: "How badly does Chuck Schumer want to be the Senate Majority Leader? And what did President Obama promise him?"

The ad mirrors the claims against Hagel and Schumer the group leveled in a print advertisement published on Thursday.

Schumer and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, are perhaps the two highest-profile Jewish senators who have announced their support for Hagel after speaking privately with him in recent days.

Hagel is a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska and is seen as Obama's most controversial nominee for his second-term cabinet. Hagel has faced criticism some on both sides of the aisle because of past positions he has taken on Israel, Iran and U.S. military action.

Critics have also objected to his description in 1998 of an ambassadorial nominee as "openly, aggressively gay" – for which he has since apologized - and his 2007 remark that the "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."

His supporters recently launched a group to come to his defense, but have not yet announced a pro-Hagel campaign plan.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Charles Schumer • Chuck Hagel • New York
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    Pathetic idiots of GOP–can not expect any better, shame!!!

    January 18, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    I can see it now....a hush forms over the crowd...the air is electric and crackling with anticipation....the leader of the conservative nutjob super PAC approaches the veiled table slowly to build the tension....arrives....and with a magnificent flourish, he tears off the veil to reveal:

    A shiny polished turd.

    January 18, 2013 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  3. MaryM

    Keep up the obstruction GOP and you will lose more and more elections. guaranteed

    January 18, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. Bob

    Why don't we just elect Bibi the Lunatic as president, would THAT make the jews happy?

    January 18, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  5. John the Historian

    The Neocons will not get their war with Iran. How sad the chicken hawks will not get their war sinc e they won't send their children to war. Iran, a country of 80 million people: Hell we could not handle the 29 million in Iraq with a suicide attack everyday. When the USA pays off the 200 billion dollar Iraq war debt maybe we can think about some foreign adventure. Wars are not free. With over 4, 500 dead Americans in Iraq alone how many would die in Iran ? Just creat a Palestinian state now like Bush II promised. A multi-ethnic Israel between Jews, Christians, and Palestianians would be great. Switzerland works fine. Hagel will do a great job.

    January 18, 2013 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  6. LongislandBob

    Who do trust a long time well respected US Senator or a lobbying group. I guess AFF is upset about the antigay remarks by Hagel.

    January 18, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  7. Logic N LA

    Hey American Future Fund- use your money for good and not stupidity

    January 18, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  8. Andrew

    Conservative groups need to get a LIFE!

    January 18, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  9. Phyllis G Williams

    We gonna reap just what we sow (Galatians 6: 7)

    January 18, 2013 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. Phyllis G Williams

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    We gonna reap just what we sow (Galatians 6: 7)

    January 18, 2013 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  11. Former Republican, now an Independent

    This is what the neo-cons that control the GOP do to one of their own when they won't fall in line and submit to them. Hagel has always had a mind of his own and that does not play well with these radical extremists.

    January 18, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  12. Homer10

    The far right Republicon wing nuts eating their own. This is the same self destructive insanity that is killing the Republican party. Hay, this is a Republican that will have the direct ear of the president. The Republicans should cherish this position, and thank God that Obama didn't appoint a feared liberal. But Hagel isn't NAZ! enough for them. The Republican moderates need to step up and take the wheel. These nuts are driving the Republican bus right off the fiscal cliff.

    January 18, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. Siamese Triplets

    Typical Republican ploy. Throw one of their own under the bus just to be a thorn in Obama's side.

    January 18, 2013 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  14. Evergreen

    If conservatives are against him, he must be an excellent choice. Never has a group been consistently wrong on every issue.

    January 18, 2013 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    By now we have heard over amd over again about jewish lobbies/ intimidation ( c/f gun lobby intimidation) and that latter position right or wrong does not stop Republicans or Democrats being appointed to comittees or posts. We have also heard about Iran sanctions and Republicans constantly take it out of context i.e . he voted agains US only sanctions as he believes and can point to other areas/ countries where US only sanctions did not work.
    Against settlements? Well if you are not say good bye to any solution to the Israel/ Palestinian conflict It will erupt eventually in to real all out war with Lebanese, Syrian support possibly Egypt and Iran also messing around in support.
    Time to put more effort into the debt crisis and stop wasting time on these confirmations please.
    Whoever is appointed defense chief will do the CIC's bidding if necessary or resign.

    January 19, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  16. Lizard Lance

    Chuck Hagel would make an excellent Secretary of Defense. But the republicans don't like him because they want someone who loves the death and destruction that comes from war so they can get no-bid contracts for their companies and they can keep letting Israel dictate American foreign policy.

    January 19, 2013 01:49 am at 1:49 am |
  17. Thomas

    Karl Rove and Citizens United is at work !

    January 19, 2013 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  18. ronjayaz

    Hegel is Bibi's result of interfering with our elections. Let's Israel squirm.

    January 19, 2013 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  19. Dave Greb

    Why this attack on this individual? Because he's not so lopsided for Israel? So it's not about the best interests of America, but what's best for Israel?

    January 19, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  20. Michael Q

    When are the Republicans going to stop their obsessive "If Obama thinks it is good, it must be bad" mentality? Where are the evolved Republican thinkers? Seriously, they can't all be buried under the stacks of bibles and guns bearing down on them, can they?

    January 19, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  21. Ancient Texan

    Hagel is not now, nor has he ever been a Conservative. His actions are more in line with Obama's and will support the gutting of the military.

    January 19, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  22. rs

    You have to love the logic of the GOP: "we hate the President so much, we'll block anybody he nominates for a cabinet post". When he nominates a Republican, they look VERY STUPID!

    January 19, 2013 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  23. tms5510

    How many Jewish Senator US has? How many jew live here?

    January 19, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  24. Facts don't Lie

    why is it when something ignorant or hateful is said it seems to come from so-called Conservatives that are also supposed to be so pious? I just don't get it and NO I don't think all liberals are goody-goody either but in the past few years the far right and GOP seems to have rallied around stupidity

    January 19, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  25. Yonni

    Did anyone imagined life of this country if there was no zealous Republican party? Hate would have been a last thing to remember.

    January 19, 2013 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
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