First on CNN: Santorum to oppose Hagel nomination
January 9th, 2013
11:31 AM ET
2 years ago

First on CNN: Santorum to oppose Hagel nomination

Washington (CNN) – Rick Santorum will launch a drive against the nomination of former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense secretary, CNN has learned.

Santorum, the former senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Wednesday will announce his opposition to President Barack Obama's Monday announcement that he's nominating Hagel to succeed retiring Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, according to John Brabender, a top political adviser to Santorum.
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Hagel and Panetta dish about Pentagon
January 8th, 2013
03:29 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel and Panetta dish about Pentagon

(CNN) - Just hours after President Barack Obama's formal nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, Hagel joined current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta at the Pentagon for dinner.

In Tuesday afternoon's briefing, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little reaffirmed Panetta's support for the former senator from Nebraska. When asked for details on the dinner between Panetta and Hagel, Little tried side stepping with a listing of the dinner's menu that included "corn chowder, filet mignon, and chocolate cake."
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Preparing for a fight, pro-Hagel group forms, but stands down
January 7th, 2013
04:39 PM ET
2 years ago

Preparing for a fight, pro-Hagel group forms, but stands down

Washington (CNN) – Supporters of Chuck Hagel formed an organization to fight back against attacks directed at the former Republican senator, but for now have decided not to launch a political campaign style defense of the new Secretary of Defense nominee.

The pro-Hagel group, Americans for Strategic Leadership, is headed by former U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Burt, who has worked alongside Hagel in several foreign policy capacities, confirmed a source close to the group. A representative with Americans for Strategic Leadership would only speak about the group on the condition of anonymity.
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Hagel speaks out, vows to 'set the record straight'
January 7th, 2013
03:26 PM ET
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Hagel speaks out, vows to 'set the record straight'

(CNN) - Responding to criticism of his nomination as Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel said Monday that opponents have "completely distorted" his record in a way that's "astounding."

Now that he's been officially announced by the president, he said he has "an opportunity to set the record straight."
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January 7th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
2 years ago

Sparks could fly in 'historic' Hagel confirmation hearings

(CNN) – He forged his views of war and the military as a young man in mine-plagued fields of Vietnam. Now Chuck Hagel may become the first Vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier to serve as U.S. defense secretary.

He would also be one of the few Pentagon chiefs ever to have been wounded in war, President Barack Obama said in announcing his selection on Monday to take over for outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

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Breaking: Obama announces nominees for Defense Department, CIA
January 7th, 2013
01:20 PM ET
2 years ago

Breaking: Obama announces nominees for Defense Department, CIA

(CNN) – President Barack Obama said Monday he will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, to become Defense Secretary and tapped his chief counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan, to become director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Hagel will be a "champion" for members of America's military, Obama said in announcing the former Nebraska senator as his choice to succeed Leon Panetta as secretary of defense.
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January 7th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
2 years ago

Administration official defends Hagel from GOP criticism

Washington (CNN) – A senior administration official offered some sharp pushback Monday on Sen. Lindsey Graham's comments about the president's choice in Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary.

Graham made headlines Sunday when he blasted Hagel as an "in-your-face" choice during an interview on CNN's "State of the Union." The South Carolina senator labeled Hagel a "controversial" pick by President Obama and didn't rule out staging a filibuster to prevent a vote on Hagel's nomination.
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Choice in Hagel sparks mixed reactions
January 7th, 2013
11:37 AM ET
2 years ago

Choice in Hagel sparks mixed reactions

(CNN) - While President Barack Obama announced former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his pick to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, a number of groups and political figures are responding with a range of reactions, from outright opposition to hesitant backing to full support.

Hagel's nomination on Monday has caused a stir from some on both sides of the aisle, with some of the former Republican senator's statements and positions relating to the gay community and foreign policy coming under the spotlight.
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Hagel, Brennan nominations planned for Monday
January 6th, 2013
12:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Hagel, Brennan nominations planned for Monday

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama plans to announce former Sen. Chuck Hagel as his nominee to become the next defense secretary and Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Adviser John Brennan as the nominee for CIA director on Monday, administration officials told CNN.

Two sources close to Hagel have also been told to expect the defense secretary announcement on Monday, and additional sources - a senior administration official and a source familiar with the nomination - said Obama spoke to Hagel Sunday by telephone.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • CIA • Department of Defense
January 6th, 2013
10:41 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP senators: Hagel is in for a fight

(CNN) – Republican lawmakers voiced staunch opposition Sunday to their former colleague Chuck Hagel, who is expected to be nominated Monday to be President Barack Obama's next secretary of defense.

Hagel has taken withering criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike since his name was first floated as a potential successor to current Defense Secretary Leon Panetta more than a month ago. Republicans have struck upon comments in a 2007 interview that some perceive as anti-Jewish, when Hagel said the "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."
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