McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel
February 13th, 2013
01:06 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain reconsidering filibuster of Hagel

Washington (CNN) – In an effort to pressure the Obama administration to answer a lingering question related to the Benghazi attack, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, is reconsidering his pledge not to filibuster the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary, according to his spokesman Brian Rogers.

McCain wants to know if the president ever personally contacted anyone in the Libyan government during the Benghazi attack to seek assistance for the Americans in the compound. McCain, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-New Hampshire, have been trying to get the answer for months, said Rogers, and they reiterated their request in a letter to the president on Monday.

McCain "is not calling for a filibuster in the sense of stopping the nomination cold," Rogers explained. But the senators are "entitled" to a response and it "should be very easy for the administration to answer," he said.

A decision to filibuster Hagel's nomination, would be an about face for McCain who said recently "I don't think it's appropriate and I would oppose such a move."


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. PaMom

    just by the delays and lack of full disclosure by the WH and Clinton, we know the response....NO!

    February 13, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. Bill

    Still an angry old man after losing the 2008 election. Retire while you have some dignity left.

    February 13, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Just Saying

    That's one way to try and stay relevant. Go home, John. You're out of the game. You come off as nothing more than an angry old man who is still no over losing.

    February 13, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    You got a a shout out last night in the SOTU McCain. Confirm Hagel and get to work old man.

    February 13, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  5. JK-MN

    Is so sad to see what a bitter sore loser Sen McCain has de-volved into. I can't beleive I considered voting for him for President (until he chose Palin as his running mate). It's time to retire and go back to Arizona, John.

    February 13, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  6. Boo

    McCain is the poster boy for why we need term limits.

    February 13, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. Dannytelevision

    Thats right senator...satisfying your curiosity is so much more important than the economy, immigration reform, gun law reforms, and the future.

    February 13, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Bill from GA

    For mccain to hold this nomination hostage to his ego and desire for another few moments in front of the camera is really disgusting.

    Our form of government was designed to allow ONE person the right to stop laws from being passed: The President.

    For Senate rules to allow one senator to do so, or for one person to block a Presidential nomination, should be unconstitutional. It is not the way our system is supposed to work.

    The gutless dems could have (probably) corrected this problem, but were afraid they might want to block repub legislation so easily when one day repubs might have the majority.

    February 13, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. JWN in SC

    Go home and take your little lap dog, Lindsey Graham, with you.........the party is over for both of you.

    February 13, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  10. curious

    The republicans are trying to make the case that President Obama orchestrated the Benghazi attack.

    February 13, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  11. jt35

    Clearly a fishing expedition to find some other irrelevant fact to take out of context to try to smear the POTUS. They manufactured outrage and tried to trump up fault for the incident. They shot blanks on Fast and Furious and Solyndra. Someone has really been working overtime. If the POTUS called, they'll say he's not respected and has no power. If he didn't they'll accuse him of not caring about American lives. The game never ends...

    February 13, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. ST

    If McCain will filibuster the nomination of Hagel, who does he want to take the job? Folks, are these people in Washington really thinking? With problem of N.Korea, Iran, Syria, finalising the Afghanistan war one would think the DS is more needed now than ever. Instead it is quite the opposite to people like McCain, who was sent there to think and do the right thing for the country on behalf of those who asked him to represent them.

    February 13, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. John the Historian

    I wonder how much pressure the Neocons are giving McCain ??? The Frums, Wolfowitzs, Fleischers, Wormsers, Murdochs. Liebermans, Sensors, Cantors, Rushs, Savages, Mark Levines, and Krauthammers. Guess they worried they won't get their war with Iran, a country of 80 million people. We all know about Iraq with 29 million people and over 25 helicopters hot down and a suicide attack everyday. So funny we are still paying off the 200 billion dollar debt from Iraq and then Republicans can't even send their kids to be cannon fodder.

    February 13, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  14. targar

    These two old men are going mad

    February 13, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. fatlip

    If these guys spent as much time working FOR Americans as they waste trying to take down their political opponents, we wouldn't be in this mess. These republicans are a disgrace to our country, and will do their best to destroy our economy in hopes of taking back the white house.

    February 13, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  16. kurtinco

    Poor, old, angry, vindictive McCain. It might make sense for you to retire with what little dignity you have left.

    February 13, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Marcia

    John you already had your hearings-they are over-move on

    February 13, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    In an unrelated story, McCain also wants to know if the President and his wife re-gifted the salt-and-pepper shaker set he gave them for Chistmas in 2011.

    February 13, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Warren

    McCain please retire...

    February 13, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  20. sonny chapman

    To hell with Benghazi, we need to hold Hillary accountable for Vince Foster !

    February 13, 2013 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  21. kayla

    once a man, twice a child.

    February 13, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. GOP Fails Arithmetic & Integrity Tests All The Time

    Was Harry Reid outmanuevered and embarassed by the Republicans in the Senate? He allowed Republicans off the hook on the fillibuster. They should be forced to speak on the floor of the Senate so that the American people know who the obstructionist coward is.

    The GOP called Reid`s option the "Nuclear Option". If it was, McCain`s threat is the poor man`s nuclear weapon, a "Chemical/Biological Weapons Attack".

    McCain won`t run again so I imagine he could sacrafice his last shred of intergrity and fillibuster this but if he does, McCain should never expect any trust or cooperation with anybody on anything.

    February 13, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Lisa P.

    Poor old John McCain and his never-ending sense of personal entitlement. I guess his pledges aren't worth the hot air they're spoken with. Surprise? Not.

    February 13, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. Al-NY,NY

    ring ring......"Hello this is Senator McCain. Oh hi Rush. How are you? Wait...Rush....I never said I would not fillibuster Hagel. Of course I am going to . Don't go on your show and say anything bad. Please? Yes..of course I'm a Republican. No, I'm not a RINO. Of course I want to see Obama fail on everything...yes. I understand. Thanks for calling and you can count on me"

    February 13, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Ugh. McCain is boring and irrelevant. Next.

    February 13, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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