Conservative group unveils anti-Hagel TV ad
January 18th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
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Conservative group unveils anti-Hagel TV ad

(CNN) - The conservative group American Future Fund released Friday its first television ad in a multi-platform campaign against former Sen. Chuck Hagel as President Barack Obama's defense secretary nominee.

The spot will air on cable television in New York, the group said, and is critical of the state's senior senator, Chuck Schumer and his support for Hagel's nomination.

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"After a career supporting Israel, Schumer now backs Chuck Hagel for defense secretary," the narrator reads. "The same Chuck Hagel who supported direct negotiations with Iran after Iran's President threatened to wipe Israel off the map."

The spot also makes a couple unsupported suggestions: "How badly does Chuck Schumer want to be the Senate Majority Leader? And what did President Obama promise him?"

The ad mirrors the claims against Hagel and Schumer the group leveled in a print advertisement published on Thursday.

Schumer and Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-California, are perhaps the two highest-profile Jewish senators who have announced their support for Hagel after speaking privately with him in recent days.

Hagel is a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska and is seen as Obama's most controversial nominee for his second-term cabinet. Hagel has faced criticism some on both sides of the aisle because of past positions he has taken on Israel, Iran and U.S. military action.

Critics have also objected to his description in 1998 of an ambassadorial nominee as "openly, aggressively gay" – for which he has since apologized - and his 2007 remark that the "Jewish lobby intimidated lawmakers."

His supporters recently launched a group to come to his defense, but have not yet announced a pro-Hagel campaign plan.

- CNN's Kevin Bohn and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report

Filed under: Charles Schumer • Chuck Hagel • New York
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. w l jones

    The world have gotton to small for war only working together for best intrest of whole world what we need.

    January 19, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Gorddi

    The more I hear about what conservatives say and do the more I dislike them. I am an independent voter who will never vote for a republican again.

    January 19, 2013 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  3. dreamer96

    Some say Hagel has said anti-Israeli statements, but what he said was more about the politics of the Israeli government, and expressing some different points of view...And if you ever spent any time around the Jewish people of New York..You would know they like to talk about the politics of the Israeli government all the time..for and against..They like to discuss what to do and how to to this or that .The Jewish people of New York have many critical points of view about just how the Israeli government works.... Every year, every month, every day...The Jewish people allow for the open discussions of many different points of view...on many different things about the Israeli government and it's challenges...and the Israeli legal court system even overturns laws from their own government at times too...

    January 19, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  4. bobden

    It appears that the republican party is demanding that the repub congress members violate their oath of office. Over and over again. almost daily.

    January 19, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Pete

    See just what I said how hypocrites republicans are even railing against a famed war hero you voted for once but now he's on Pres.Obamas side all hell breaks louse,won't republicans ever learn!!Tell us, the intelligent ones how he's gonna do anything worse than your own republican reps have already done,please let me know because you racist ,illiterate ,trailer trash types are screaming from the mountain tops about this aren't you about the turn coat that's trying to help the president help America something your obstructionistic jackels haven't done since the presidencial inaugeration years ago,remember or does it hurt to remind you just how unamerican republicans really are!!

    January 19, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  6. Thomas

    When did being conservative become close-minded , obstructive , racist , and arrogant ?

    My question goes out to Louie Gohmert and Rand Paul .

    January 19, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  7. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Ah the GOP... Here they go again... trying to block Obama's nomination of a minority...

    January 19, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    American Future Fund sounds like they are living in the 1950s.

    January 19, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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