November 18th, 2008
03:13 PM ET
14 years ago

Hagel takes aim at Limbaugh, Senate colleagues

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Hagel had sharp words for Rush Limbaugh Tuesday."](CNN) - As his Senate career nears its end, Republican Chuck Hagel isn't holding back when it comes to criticizing members of his own party - including conservative talk radio hosts.

"We are educated by the great entertainers like Rush Limbaugh," Hagel said Tuesday during a speech in Washington, according to the Huffington Post.

"You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office," a sarcastic Hagel continued. "They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly. [The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."

Hagel has increasingly become critical of his party in the aftermath of the Iraq War and notably held back endorsing his longtime friend John McCain during the presidential campaign. He's reportedly under consideration for a cabinet post in the Obama administration.

Speaking at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, Hagel also faulted Washington lawmakers for "raw, partisan, political paralysis."

"The American people don't like what is going on... they want us to start doing what leaders are expected to do, address the problems, find some consensus to governing. Get along. There will be disagreements, sure... but in the end we can't hold ourselves captives to this raw, partisan, political paralysis."

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soundoff (410 Responses)
  1. Amy

    It's too bad that Hagel is leaving public office. We could use more like him.

    November 18, 2008 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. ted

    Another turncoat. The key here is that "he is nearing the end of his career". He needs another ship to sail on.

    November 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  3. Kimora

    Limbaugh is a Bimbo!!

    November 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  4. Andy in Moscow on the Mississippi (Minneapolis)

    To all you people who hate Mr. Limbaugh, then don't listen to him. Talk radio is the only outlet in the media we have to hear and discuss consernvative points of view. The other media sure doesn't present the conservative side, as evidendced by the election coverage. Why don't you start your own national talk radio show... Oh, wait, you tried that and it stinks (Air America)

    November 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Jack in Santa Fe

    I totally agree with Senator Hagel. Trouble is, only total idiots listen to and believe in Limbaugh, I wish somebody had a cure for total idiocy, but unfortunately what is total is TOTAL

    November 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  6. Obamination

    This guy is nuts. He's NOT a conservative. Just because he's pro-life, doesn't mean he's conservative. He just wants to be in Obama's cabinet.

    I can't wait until all the Obama addicts turn back on American Idol and stay off the message boards.

    November 18, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  7. Robin in SC

    WOW! I'm a new Hagel fan! I was beginning to think ALL republicans had their heads in the sand while they listened to Rush and the Gang, but there IS intelligent life out there in Republican-land!

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  8. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    Hip Hip HURRAY!! All the Republicans aren't ditto-heads and Rushie lovers. If we can get more like him to speak up and tell it like it REALLY is maybe some of the sponsers and radio stations will pull their ads and start closing right wing talk hater radio down. These guys call themselves "true" Americans, huh? Well tell me what kind of "true" American would hope that their new president would fail just so their ratings can stay high?? THANK YOU Sen Hagel fdr telling it like it is!

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Gail

    MS November 18th, 2008 3:42 pm ET

    I love how people who don't listen to a program know so much about it. Once again the 'open minded people' are hypocrites. Allowing 'leaders' like this to govern is ireresponsible at best.

    Hey dude, we've ALL heard fat old limber and know exactly what he has to say. We just prefer not to listen to him any longer.

    He doesn't tell the truth – he spins. Apparently you prefer the spin to the truth. I bet you watch FAUX news also..... figures.

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  10. Steve

    Chuck Hagel needs to go home to Nebraska or wherever he came from. He's proven he's nothing by a spineless jelly. Go home and good riddance.

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. wes

    How exactly is Hagel a republican? Sounds to me like he's just looking for a job. How do you score points with liberals? Take a shot at Limbaugh of course. Is this strategy not transparent?

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  12. Ruth in Houston

    Exactly! Can someone tell me why so many Republicans are so filled with hate when they are supposed to be the Christian right? To me the two do not go together.

    Pity them.

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. ToddC

    Hagel on Limbaugh (et al): "they have an answer for everything..." He's right to be sarcastic about Limbaugh. Wouldn't I be right for sarcastically saying the same thing about Congress?

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. underscoreangie

    Chuck Hagel= RINO
    Rush Limbaugh= A liberal's worst nightmare

    I love the way the Marxists commenting here keep talking about silencing Rush, Sean, etc. Just keep on showing the world who you really are.

    P.S. It's called the FIRST AMENDMENT, LEFTIES!!!!!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  15. Ron

    WTG, Chuck....You're the last of a dying breed. No one in power wants non-partisian politics anymore. I hope Obama is wise enough to enclude you in his administration.

    November 18, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. 88888

    Yeah Sen. Hagel

    November 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. alice c

    Hey Mike Patton, a Rush Limbaugh in office because he is a Great American, please that is what people were saying about JOE THE PLUMBER. True Americans pay their Taxes unlike the plumber who turns out not to be a plumber at all and doesn't pay his taxes.

    November 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. bill

    I see you made some Rushbots angry. Good job Chuck. I hope Obama get you in his cabinet

    November 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. Mark Mingo

    America would be a Better Place if Idiots like Olbermann and Maddow had no Voice to spit their Hate !!!!

    November 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. Bill Hewett

    I agree 100%. If good honest people would would not watch or support any sponsor of these extreme right wing people we could illumate them from the air ways. I am glad that someone in the republican party is man enough to speak up against a constant slandering of americans.
    Bill Hewett

    November 18, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  21. Roux

    We'd be better off if they actually listened to Rush.

    November 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Cleavette

    Anyone that is against Limbaugh is a GREAT AMERICAN. I would love to see Mr. Hagel geat acabinet position in the new administration.

    November 18, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  23. Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    I really want Hagel to be in the Obama Administration. He exactly the sort of Republican that they entire party should aspire to become.

    November 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Shawn

    Chuck wants a cabinet post sooo bad. He's retiring from the senate because he knows he wouldn't win if challenged.

    November 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Coloradoan for change

    I'm hoping that more Republicans (of integrity) speak out against the extreme right poster children like Limbaugh who give their party a foul name with their toxic rants. This is one of the key reasons that our country remains divided.

    November 18, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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