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Washington - Senator McCain Says Hagel Not Qualified As Defense Secretary

Published on: February 24, 2013 02:26 PM
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FILE - U.S. Senators  Carl Levin (D-MI), James Inhofe (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) (L-R) listen as former Senator Chuck Hagel (foreground) testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013.  REUTERS/Larry DowningFILE - U.S. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), James Inhofe (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) (L-R) listen as former Senator Chuck Hagel (foreground) testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013.  REUTERS/Larry Downing

Washington - Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday said his former colleague Chuck Hagel was not qualified to be U.S. defense secretary but the Senate would likely vote on his nomination rather than hold it up with procedural hurdles.

Before going on a weeklong recess, Republican lawmakers succeeded in delaying a Senate vote on Hagel’s nomination earlier this month. Hagel is expected to win confirmation if a vote is held because Democrats control 55 votes in the 100-seat Senate.

“I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense,” McCain of Arizona said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.

“I believe that when the questions are answered, and I believe they will be by this coming week that the president deserves an up or down vote” on Hagel, said McCain, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Hagel’s nomination was likely to go for a vote in the Senate “barring some additional revelation,” he said.

Hagel, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, angered Republicans when as senator he broke from his party by opposing former President George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq war.

Republicans are demanding more information from the administration related to the attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, last year.

The Senate confirmation vote on John Brennan for CIA director also faces delay over the request by Republicans for more information related to Benghazi.

“I don’t want to put a hold on anybody, but the American people deserve answers about Benghazi. There are so many questions that are still out there, including what was the president doing the night Benghazi happened?” McCain said.

 

 


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 Feb 24, 2013 at 05:57 PM Anonymous Says:

In spite if this he still intends on voting to confirm. Go figure

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 10:00 PM LionofZion Says:

He intends to let the vote take place and he expects Hagel to gain approval. He will be voting against. The point is to play fair and let the vote take place.

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 10:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

In spite if this he still intends on voting to confirm. Go figure

he will serve the president not Mc ..

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 Feb 24, 2013 at 11:05 PM HeshyEmes Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

In spite if this he still intends on voting to confirm. Go figure

Not really. McCain will vote against making this moron Secretary of State. Unfortunately he will be appointed because he Democrats control the Senate. I suppose the results will be tge same, but not everything is worth a filibuster.

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 09:11 AM Correction Says:

To #4- Hagel has been nominated to become Secretary of Defense, and not Secretary of State.
Incidentally, I did not appreciate Sen. McCain's recent harassing Chuck Hagel with his repetitive questioning, regarding the so-called surge in Iraq. The surge would not have been necessary if Rumsfeld invaded with enough troops to begin with, as was the case in the First Gulf War. In any event, I informed McCain, that Hagel was correct when he characterized the Iraq War as the biggest foreign policy blunder, since Vietnam.

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM Benny Says:

“I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense,” McCain of Arizona said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.


If you have friends like this - you don't the enemies!

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 Feb 25, 2013 at 12:36 PM esther Says:

Reply to #6  
Benny Says:

“I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense,” McCain of Arizona said on CNN’s “State of the Union” show.


If you have friends like this - you don't the enemies!

i suppose mr mccain understands that the security of the united states of america is above personal feelings and friendships.

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