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. Frank in Idaho

    I used to like listening to Medved and Savage but after a while Medved's holier than thou attitude and Savage's pure hatred of Muslims turned me off. I was never a Limbaugh fan, too grumpy, and as for Hannity he's a little wimp. The kind of guy who makes friends with the school bully so he can get them to beat up his enemies.

    And it was nice to see the faux-moderate Glenn Beck announce his move to Fox over the weekend, now I can watch Headline news without catching his "fair and balanced" commentary by accident.

    Good riddance to the lot of 'em, and I hope Hagel gets a place in the new admin. One of the last true Republicans IMHO.

    November 18, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Jsun in TN

    I admire that Hagel is taking an unpopular stance with his party with his comments. These fools in the media like Rush, Hannity, Reagan, Colter are just there to entertain and shock. They have helped to only Polarize this Nation more and more.

    Finally, why doesn't Hagel and Lieberman just switch parties.

    November 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. Spencer/NY to VA

    The next Sec. Def. = Chuck Hagel

    November 18, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  4. williefloyd

    Yippee!! Chuck Hagel is right on. I've hoped and prayed BO will use him somewhere. As an Independent, I couldn't be happier to hear he has been chosen wherever Obama thinks he could be most helpful.


    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |

    Hagel deserves a cabinet post in the Obama Administration.

    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  6. Jos/TN

    Limbaugh is part of the problem with the GOP, way over the top, exclusive club mentality, Limbaugh shouldn't have the radio platform, but America tend to by anything from anybody, you know how gotti heirs had a tv show the man represented terrorism, same as Limbaugh (extremist)

    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  7. jerry

    Its great to hear a Senator speak up to Rush and all the hatred he causes. He would be good in the new Cabinet.

    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  8. Endru in NC

    eva wrote: "BTW, Rush offers plenty of solutions…stick to the Constitution for one."

    Do you mean, like Dubyah stuck to the Constitution, or was it more like STUCK IT to the Constitution?

    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |


    THANKS RUSH!!!!!



    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  10. Ron

    Typical politician,no backbone or guts to speak up on anything till your LEAVING office,or know you might get something out of it. I'm amazed how people keep bending over for these politicians words when there actions always stay the same.

    November 18, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Fred NH

    Yes we can
    Yes we di
    Ye we will
    And so will Sen.Hagel when he joins the new American governement, "of the people, by the people and for the people" as part of the Obama administration

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  12. MICK from MESA

    Finally, a Republican that can stand up against the neocon factions within the GOP. Good Job Sen. Hagel, Thank You.

    PS: What's the likes of Rush, Bill-O, Fox and all the other blovacious talking head fascists gonna do when they stop receiving their daily talking points from the White House come Jan. 20th?

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  13. Lawrence

    It is about time that someone had nerve to tell like it really is.

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    Chuck Hagel for SOS NOT HILLARY!

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  15. Becky

    Have watched and listened to Hagel the last couple of years and this is a republican I respect (as a dem.). Sorry to see you leave the Senate.

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. wwf

    I could not agree with Mr Hagel more! Very well put.

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Tom

    Wouldn't it be wonderful is Hagel represented the future, one filled with politicians who actually tried to work together to accomplish something more than satisfying their wingnut core constituents?

    November 18, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Tulsa

    I would argue that Senator Hagel is loyal to the people of the United States and behaves accordingly. It's small minded, mean spirited cynical little people like you who are always looking to be knifed in the back. Real men don't need to look behind them because they tell the truth and face problems head on. The backstabbers I see are creeps like you......... and that goes for the rest of your right wing vermin ilk.

    Thank you Senator Hagel for being honest and a true servant of the people both as a soldier and a statesman.

    November 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. former gop

    Rush is one of the most grotesque human beings I've ever seen. He's like a stereotypical republican cartoon character – pasty, greedy and grossly overweight.

    November 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  20. Jack 64 year old

    It's pretty refreshing to see Senator Hagel acting like an American instead of a partisan Republican like most of that party.

    America is entering a depression and all some in the GOP can talk about is breaking unions and getting people to work cheaper. You may notice that there is no talk about limiting real estate commissions, real estate brokerage fees, medical or drug experts salaries, etc. only the lowly hourly worker.

    November 18, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  21. wwf

    Hey Tex. If Hagel is a wothless lifeform, where does that put Rush and company? At the least a waste of good oxegen

    November 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  22. Curt74

    I couldn't have said it better myself! Good luck Chuck. I hope that Obama holds true to his words and blurs the partisanship of red & blue colour lines by appointing you into his administration.

    November 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. George

    Hagel has always spoken his mind and I respect him for that. He criticized the current president about the war when all his repub colleagues hailed king george. Chuck is the kind of leaders this great nation need at such a time as this. Sectretary of Defense fits a leader of his calibre.

    November 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  24. mk

    I have heard the Limbaugh charade for years.
    And since the very first time I had the displeasure of hearing it I knew that Rush was a dangerous, vindictive baffoon with NO Interest in anything even remotely civil or intelligent.
    Defending that wind bag just makes you look like silly.

    November 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Judy Miami Fl

    Finally, one Republican that's not blind or stupid.

    November 18, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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