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. Dave

    Please boycott these products that are advertised on the Limbaugh website:
    Allen Brothers

    November 18, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Felix

    I agree with Hagel. People like Limbaugh, Hannity, & O'Rielly, are nothing but loudmouths who's only talent is critisizing others that don't follow their version of a white, 1950's USA. Were they vetted, I'm sure their voices wouldn't be so loud & obnoxious. It's a lot easier to throw rocks, than be the one being stoned... They are the voices of the low brow... They should be on their knees, thanking Obama, for giving them 4-8 years of job security...

    I, & most other 'normal' people, find them quite laughable. The scary part are those that take them seriously. They do not represent or speak for the right. They speak for the fanatics...

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  3. Ian

    Rush is no conservative, just a mouth piece.

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. Joyce

    I am happy to see that there is someone that sees RUSH LIMBAUGH for what he is, a fraud. He is getting rich with lies to people who don't know that they are being used.

    I am on RUSH watch and today he was an expert on 8 topics in 30 minutes. The most foolish being that hunger in America is a myth and according to Rush, these children just don't want what they have or are too lazy to fix their own food.

    Good for you Hagel!!!

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  5. roger

    Way to go Chuck you are right on....between the Rush's & the religious right they have driven the GOP into the ground....both speak with venom & fang's....what blows my mind is that people really take these people seriously...NOTE this is from a democratic view...

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Slappy White

    Chuck Hagel would make a heck of a president.

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. eva

    Well there you go...wanting a post in the Obama administration. Naturally he'll speak out against his own party. BTW, Rush offers plenty of solutions...stick to the Constitution for one.

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. MikeWall

    As ohio said, it's amazing that there seems to be one honest person left in national politics – I certainly hope that there's a big place for Chuck Hagel in the Obama Administration!

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Rob

    Pick me Obama Pick me....... what a gimmick

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  10. Jane Harvey

    Good for you Chuck! I applaud your honesty. This is what we want more of from our poiticians. Maybe you will influence others to follow. This is what the American people want and deserve.

    Thank you!

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. Maggie from Virginia

    There are good republicans after all.

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Mike e. cooney

    Hagel, is one delusional pol. He doesn't know which side he is on.The side of Al-quaeda appeasors, or the milksop pols on the radical left. Retire hagel, soon, you added NOTHING to our cause, other than to act like a treasonist DEMONRAT !!!

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  13. Roger

    Good for you Senator Hagel. Our political environment would be so much better if the dregs of the earth (Limbaugh, Hannity, O'Reilly) would just go away never to be heard from again. It is hate mongers like these that are so instrumental in dividing the country.

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  14. Seriously

    Yes... finally... someone needs to shut up that racist pig...

    November 18, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  15. Peter (CA)

    I was excited when I saw the headline. Unfortunately, right wingers don't listen to voices of reason like Chuck Hagel. Why should they when they can be led by the George Bushes, the Jim Demints, and the Sarah Palins of the world?

    Now I expect our own right wing blowhards to pile on Hagel as some sort of traitor for speaking the truth.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Paul in Virginia

    Go get 'em Chuck!

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Mike in Columbus

    Bravo Chuck!

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  18. Paul

    Pathetic. Hagel is a tool for Obama, he might as well change his party affiliation. Hagel has not gotten near the slack that Leiberman got for endorsing the Dear Leader and he's always criticizing his own party. WTH?


    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  19. Kevin

    We need people such as the Senator to start a new party so that the current Republican party can be replaced by one that is secular and rational.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  20. Mae

    Hagel has always been a straight shooter and never one to stick to just an R or a D. It's too bad Nebraskans had to be the lemmings they always are and replace Hagel with the less-than stellar Johansen. (Didn't like him as Gov. and sure didn't like him as Sec. of Agriculture) They had an opportunity to vote in a new voice, someone young and not a political machine, Scott Kleeb. Unfortunately Kleeb had that dreaded D after his affiliation and Nebraskans always vote the way their Daddy's did, beause otherwise the world would come to an end right? Oh and I'm 5th generation NE and know what I speak of.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Obama Supporter in Kentucky

    This is what America needs. People like Chuck Hagel are what America needs. Someone who will stand up for his party when they are right and against them when they are wrong. If only more Senators, Congressmen and other government officals were like him, this country would be in MUCH better shape than it is. Obama and company def. need him in the fold.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Love My USA/Do You?

    Without talk radio, you would never know what isreally going on. The main MEDIA is so far lefat, you wil never know the truth. Sorry, but I depend on talk Radio, so I can then hear both side of the BS, and make my own dertermination.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Nick

    Very true.

    And I wish they would run, get elected, and see just how difficult it is. It's easy to yap behind a microphone.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Dan

    Don't forget Sean Hannity, O'Rielly, and now Glenn Beck. All of these guys have sold their souls for the right wing hate agenda.

    November 18, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. Gregory in NY

    I agree 100% chuck!! I'm just so sorry that you took this long to stand up to guys like rush.
    I would love to see him run for office...
    Ohh, he knows better.

    November 18, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
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