McCain opposes any effort by colleagues to block Hagel vote
February 4th, 2013
05:52 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain opposes any effort by colleagues to block Hagel vote

Washington (CNN) - Despite his sharp criticism of cabinet nominee Chuck Hagel, Sen. John McCain said Monday he would oppose any effort by his colleagues to block an up-or-down vote on President Obama's pick to run the Department of Defense.

"I do not support a filibuster," McCain said. "I don't think it's appropriate and I would oppose such a move."
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • John McCain • Senate
Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing
February 3rd, 2013
02:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Gibbs: Hagel was 'unimpressive and unprepared' during hearing

(CNN) – Robert Gibbs, former White House press secretary and senior adviser to the president's re-election bid, said Sunday that President Obama's nominee for defense secretary didn't perform too well during his confirmation hearing last week.

Gibbs, however, expressed confidence that former Sen. Chuck Hagel would be confirmed and would make "a good secretary of defense."
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February 3rd, 2013
09:35 AM ET
1 year ago

Panetta defends his possible successor

(CNN) – Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, defended Sunday former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s nominee for defense secretary, on CNN's "State of the Union." Hagel faced tough questioning at Senate confirmation hearings last week.

The top military officials also weighed in on the 2014 drawdown in Afghanistan, saying the troop withdrawal will largely depend on the strength of the country’s security forces.
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Johanns to support Hagel nomination
February 2nd, 2013
05:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Johanns to support Hagel nomination

(CNN) - Sen. Mike Johanns on Saturday became the second Senate Republican to say he will back former Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as secretary of defense.

In a statement from his office, Johanns said Hagel would "stand side by side with our allies, be firm with our enemies and use good judgment," as well as advocate for veterans, if confirmed.
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Buzz in the Senate: Hagel wasn't so hot in hearing
January 31st, 2013
05:05 PM ET
1 year ago

Buzz in the Senate: Hagel wasn't so hot in hearing

Washington (CNN) - Senators won't give their official reading of former Sen. Chuck Hagel's performance at Thursday's nomination hearing until they vote on his nomination to be defense secretary.

But some think Hagel didn't do so well.
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January 31st, 2013
12:34 PM ET
1 year ago

Old friends McCain and Hagel spar at hearing

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain fired away at Cabinet nominee Chuck Hagel during his confirmation hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill, repeatedly interrupting his old friend and accusing him of refusing to answer direct questions.

The sharp exchange marked a years-long falling out between two long-time friends and colleagues. Thirteen years ago, McCain, then a presidential candidate, named Chuck Hagel as a man he'd like to see run the Defense Department.
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Hagel aligns himself with Obama policies
January 31st, 2013
10:33 AM ET
1 year ago

Hagel aligns himself with Obama policies

Washington (CNN) - Former Sen. Chuck Hagel addressed concerns of his critics on Thursday in the opening statement of his confirmation hearing to become President Barack Obama's next defense secretary.

The Vietnam veteran's statement to the Senate Armed Services Committee said he fully supported Obama administration policies on ending combat operations in Afghanistan next year, preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, and ending the ban on gays openly serving in the military.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Department of Defense • President Obama • Senate
Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?
January 31st, 2013
09:10 AM ET
1 year ago

Polls: Should Hagel be confirmed as defense secretary?

Washington (CNN) - A plurality of Americans supports President Barack Obama's nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to succeed Leon Panetta as defense secretary, according to recent polling.

The Nebraska Republican's nomination has been met with reservations from some senators from both parties, and even outright opposition, over past positions Hagel has taken on Israel, Iran and the war in Iraq.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon • Polls
January 31st, 2013
07:27 AM ET
1 year ago

Five things Chuck Hagel may be asked about

(CNN) - When the Senate Armed Services Committee is gaveled into session Thursday, Chuck Hagel is likely to face some sharp questions from many of his old colleagues.

If confirmed as secretary of defense, the onetime infantry sergeant and twice-wounded Vietnam veteran would be the first former enlisted man to lead the Pentagon. The former Republican senator from Nebraska gets his chance to answer questions Thursday morning during his confirmation hearing, and here are five subjects where he can expect them:

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Pentagon
January 31st, 2013
07:25 AM ET
1 year ago

McCain moves from backer to skeptic on Hagel

Washington (CNN) - During his 2000 presidential run, a New Hampshire voter asked Republican Sen. John McCain who he might choose as secretary of defense.

McCain responded by tossing out the name of a dear old friend and colleague, the very man who would be nominated to that post by a Democrat and frequent McCain target 13 years later.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John McCain
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