Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle
February 12th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved the choice of Chuck Hagel to serve as President Barack Obama's next defense secretary, sending the controversial nomination to the full Senate.

Hagel's nomination cleared the committee in a straight party line vote. No Republicans backed the former Nebraska GOP senator, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has come under fire on a range of issues relating to American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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  1. rs

    Now we await Graham and his usual obstruction.

    February 12, 2013 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    14-11 along party lines, and not before Senator Cruz (R-TX) channled Joe McCarthy at Hagel, accusing him of giving speeches and receiving remuneration from "extremist groups," and Senator Inhofe (R-OK) got in a potshot stating that "Iran endorses him."

    Frankly, at this point, I'd rather he be endorsed by Iran than any of the Teatrolls: Iran's less immediately dangerous to our national interests.

    February 12, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  3. Judi Powell

    The Repubs would not approve Jeebus if Obama nominated him.......

    February 12, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Ancient Texan

    The fumbling and bumbling Hagel couldn't even make an intelligent, coherent statement, but since Obama nominated him, the lemmings say "yes"!

    February 12, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    The conduct of Republican committee members was shameful and disgraceful. It was a blatant act of hateful partisanship in total disregard for the thoughful and orderly way the US Senate should operate.

    February 12, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  6. Larry L

    @Ancient Texan

    The fumbling and bumbling Hagel couldn't even make an intelligent, coherent statement, but since Obama nominated him, the lemmings say "yes"!
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    Did you vote for Governor "Oops" Perry?

    February 12, 2013 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. rs

    Ancient Texan

    The fumbling and bumbling Hagel couldn't even make an intelligent, coherent statement, but since Obama nominated him, the lemmings say "yes"!
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    Even IF we accept your opinion, I'll remind you that NO Secretary of Defense has been filibustered. The Republicans would break new ground in their disresepct and un-American behavior by either turning Hagel down, or holding up the vote.

    February 12, 2013 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  8. John Thrasher

    The Republicans don't even want Government in this country, let alone smart people like President Obama, Chuck Hagel, Bill and Hillary Clinton. Republicans should all go to Haiti and make this the America Democrats have always designed, WE THE PEOPLE.
    4 more years of success with filthy negative Republican remarks, then 8 more years of Hillary. I won't change the corrupt minded wrong headed Republicans, however America can keep the respect Democrats bring to the table.

    February 12, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. Amy

    Real creepy how WACKO Ted Cruz looks exactly Joseph McCarthy and NOT just on the outside. Karl Rove would be smarter to muzzle Cruz than waste donors' $$$ on futilely going after Ashley Judd.

    February 12, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    If the TP'ers really thought Hagel was that bad they would have cheerfully confirmed him. Their demonstrated strategy is to help America go as far downhill as possible in hopes that the voters will blame the demmies and vote them out. These guys understand that old Viet Nam line "it was necessary to destroy the village in order to save it".

    February 12, 2013 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |