October 14th, 2008
06:15 PM ET
14 years ago

Michelle Obama to host Hagel's wife at last debate

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(CNN) – The Obama campaign announced that Lilibet Hagel, the wife of Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel, will accompany Michelle Obama at Wednesday night’s final presidential debate.

“I am honored to join Michelle Obama at the debate tomorrow night and to strongly support Senator Obama as our country’s next president,” Lilibet Hagel said in a statement released by the Obama campaign.

“Elections have consequences, and this election may be the most important of my lifetime. We have a chance to throw out the disastrous policies of the last eight years and elect a leader who is smart, honest, steady and wise. I am convinced Barack Obama is the right leader to get us to a very bright future,” Mrs. Hagel added.

Sen. Hagel was recently critical of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee.

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"She doesn't have any foreign policy credentials," Hagel, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, recently told a Nebraska newspaper. "You get a passport for the first time in your life last year? I mean, I don't know what you can say. You can't say anything."

Hagel is a longtime friend of Sen. John McCain but traveled with Obama to the Middle East in July. He has said he will not endorse either candidate. Hagel is not seeking re-election in the Senate when he term ends at the end of this year.

soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. John in VA

    Mr. Hopper-

    This doesn't come as much of a surprise to me since AOL's customer base is 1) people with few computer skills, and 2) people in rural areas that have to rely on dial-up for Internet access. Now, if Comcast or Time-Warner did the same thing, I think we would see the opposite.

    As you stated before, this poll is unscientific. There is nothing stopping Joe-six-pack from stuffing the ballots in favor of McCain. You can't rely on these types of polls (ask the Hungarians who almost had to drive across the Stephen Colbert Bridge).

    October 14, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. mel

    Oh my god.....John McCain your ship is sinking. The rats are looking for a safe harbor. Senator Hagel has not supported either president candidate, but his wife is supporting Obama. Palin strikes again.....another woman's vote lost. This a loss from McCain's own party....not the evangelicals. McCain keeps on being mad at "that one", but his poor decisions keep kicking him to the curb. He has no one to blame but himself. I hope that at the next debate that McCain decides to be dignified and act like a grown-up. He cannot display contempt and anger. He has lost all the trust he might have had, but he could still retain his dignity.

    October 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Californienne

    Mr. Hopper:
    I think you said it yourself that the poll you link to is not scientific and surely contains a great deal of selection bias (who under 65 still has an AOL account?) I wouldn't get too excited about it, it's like looking at a poll of national review readers or Fox news watchers.

    October 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  4. Kate Fergus

    When you have the choice of voting for someone who runs a flip flopping, erratic, and inconsistent campaign, with someone who is running a smart, intelligent, thoughtful campaign, which one would you vote for?

    When you have the choice of voting for a ticket which has presented itself as truly presidential or voting for a ticket that resorts to swift boating and lies, which ticket would you vote for?

    I am not surprised that Mr. Nagel's wife is supporting Obama. He is the only viable choice. There is no question that Barak Obama and Joe Biden has presented themselves as the only choice for '08.

    October 14, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  5. Texas Independent

    I have to agree with the post that says Dobbs is very anti-obama. I see he trys to say he's is an independant but his true feeling comes through. I often agrees with Dobbs on many issues, but I see his disdain for Obama, everytime he speaks.

    October 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  6. Independent voter

    Wow, this is another sign that the Republicans are not united. I strongly believe it's because of Sarah Palin.

    October 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  7. Archie H.

    This country is in a nose dive to mediocrity for even considering this liberal elitist for president !!!

    October 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. J, FL

    One member states the AOL poll is never mentioned in the main stream media due to how it looks for McCain. It has McCain by a 10% margin, and it has OVER 150,000 members voting, which is far more than any poll taken by any news media. And, just for grins, I tried to vote twice, and it stated I had already voted. I don't know what to think anymore, except WAKE UP AMERICA before we have Chavez and company roaming our streets as they don't want McCain in due to his experience.

    October 14, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |



    OBAMA 08

    October 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  10. American Girl

    I see a lot of hateful things being said about Republican's – look who's talking... a bunch of hateful democratic sheep!

    October 14, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  11. Anne E.

    I am so very impressed by and in awe of the Hagels. They are the REAL "straight talk" deal!

    October 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  12. disappointed

    It would be a shame if sarah palin gets elected. she is clueless and one cannot seriously expect her to provide any new vision. Just imagine her at the UN and you will get very nervous. Poor Judgement, McShame.

    October 14, 2008 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  13. Martin (England)

    It's not exactly a tough choice is it?

    Obama/Biden: Bi partisan, intelligent moderate.
    McCain/Palin: Bi-polar, unintelligible, moronic.

    Vote for the Brains dump the McCains.

    October 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  14. Joanne ...... santee

    AO Poll.....that's like asking whol's ahead on Fox news channel.

    October 14, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  15. a conservative who dreams to vote conservative

    We cannot let the Republicans scare us away from using Obama's middle name. America is not a racist country (atleast wasnt founded with those principles) and there should be nothing wrong when a man's name is Hussien! We arent a bunch of 2 year olds that would connect him to Saddam because they share a same name. Grow up people. I am voting for Barack Hussien Obama and Im proud of it! Hes a better American than alot of you out there.

    October 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  16. Frank

    Hagel will be in Obama's cabinet for sure. He could fill several spots. Maybe Secretary of State Defense. Would be excellent in either post.

    October 14, 2008 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  17. nicks

    Chuck Hagel was working across party lines before it was the acceptable thing to do. As much as I like Biden as Obama's running mate, I had sincerely hoped he would choose Senator Hagel. To make that move would be a real indicator of not only a willingness to work across the isle, but an action in that direction. Since that choice was made, I am still holding out hope that Senator Obama finds a place in his cabinet for Senator Hagel in his cabinet.

    For me, an endorsement by Chuck Hagel of Senator Obama over his close friend Senator McCain is a clear indication of McCain's deal with the devil to become more conservative in his politics in order to gain his parties nomination for the Presidency. If Obama is good enough for Hagel, he is good enough for me.

    October 14, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Steve

    Mr. Hopper, you couldn't be more wrong. Take a statistics course.

    October 14, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  19. Texas Teacher

    I suspect that Palin will join Rush Limbaugh in the obscenity of right wing TALK RADIO. She has proven that she will be excellent in that capicity! Good ridance to bad rubbage as my school kids say... Intelligent people just turn Limbaugh OFF.

    Only ignorant sheeplike people listen to things like that.... those who can easily be led over the nearest cliff by a smooth talking politician or bible thumping preacher! They are just waiting to be told what to do, because they CANNOT think for themselves.

    Too bad there are so many of them! They are coming out of the woodwork for Palin. It's scary.... to say the least!

    Go Obama!

    October 14, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
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