W.H. expects Hagel’s confirmation despite rocky hearing

Former U.S. Senator Hagel testifies during Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonWhite House spokesman Jay Carney said on Friday he believes former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, who had a rocky confirmation hearing on Thursday, will be confirmed by the Senate as U.S. defense secretary.

Carney told reporters he believed the number of votes in favor of Hagel’s confirmation had increased a day after Hagel came under withering fire from Republican senators for his prior comments on Iraq , Iran and Israel.

“We expect the Senate to confirm Senator Hagel to the position of secretary of defense,” said Carney. He denounced the “stridency” of the Republican attack on Hagel led by Senator John McCain.

Photo: Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) testifies during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination to be Defense Secretary, on Capitol Hill in Washington, January 31, 2013. Hagel, 66, is a decorated Vietnam War veteran and a former two-term Republican senator.Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

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  • 5thDrawer

    ” …. his prior comments on Iraq , Iran and Israel.”
    You mean the comments (whatever they were) were correct? Accurate in their time-frame? And maybe, unlike the senate, he knows his ass from a hole in the ground ??
    In the end, I guess he could take the flack.
    But the interesting thing here is the ‘process’ …. which is unique, and largely open to the citizens.
    However, who was the last ‘chosen’ to be turned down by that illustrious gang??

  • 5thDrawer

    ” …. his prior comments on Iraq , Iran and Israel.”
    You mean the comments (whatever they were) were correct? Accurate in their time-frame? And maybe, unlike the senate, he knows his ass from a hole in the ground ??
    In the end, I guess he could take the flack.