Senate Republicans to oppose Hagel?
Senate Republicans say that, Senatorial courtesy notwithstanding, they may oppose Chuck Hagel's nomination to be Secretary of Defense
if it is presented to them (Hat Tip: Memeorandum
Asked about Hagel’s 2008 statement
that the “Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here [in Washington,
D.C.],” South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham said Hagel will “have
to answer for that comment” if he is nominated.
“And he’ll have to answer about why he thought it
was a good idea to directly negotiate with Hamas and why he objected to
the European Union declaring Hezbollah a terrorist organization,”
continued Graham, a member of the Armed Services committee. “I think
he’ll have to answer all those questions.”
Asked if he’d oppose Hagel’s nomination from the
start, Graham said he would not. “I want to listen to what he has to
say,” Graham said. “I like Chuck. He’s been a friend. He has a stellar
military record. But these comments disturb a lot of people and he’ll
have to answer those questions.”
John McCain of Arizona said he “strongly disagree[s]" with Hagel's comments on the "Jewish lobby."
“I know of no ‘Jewish lobby,’” McCain said. “I know
that there’s strong support for Israel here. I know of no ‘Jewish
lobby.’ I hope he would identify who that is.”
Senate Foreign Relations Committee member Marco Rubio of Florida called references to a Jewish lobby “inaccurate.”
“I don’t agree with that statement,” Rubio said.
“If he is nominated, there’ll be a hearing. His entire public record and
all his public pronouncements will be reviewed as a part of that
process. And we’ll move on from there."
Could be a fun hearing. Heh.
Labels: Barack Hussein Obama, Chuck Hagel, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio