July 28th, 2008
03:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Cafferty: Judgment or experience more important for president?

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Judgment matters more than experience when it comes to picking a president... so says Republican Senator Chuck Hagel.

The Nebraska senator traveled with Barack Obama into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan last week. Hagel, a Vietnam vet who earned 2 purple hearts, says experience does matter, but that character and judgment matter more. That includes: who the candidate listens to and if he can make the right decisions on behalf of his country and the world.

Hagel has been a sharp critic of the war in Iraq and has been mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Barack Obama.

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