GOP Opposition To Hagel: Personal And Business

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

The fierce Republican opposition to President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is personal and business.

The nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between Obama and congressional Republicans. Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over the former Nebraska senator's nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. Still, his fellow Republicans have roughed him up. A vote is expected on Tuesday.

Senate Republicans also see Hagel as a political heretic for countering President George W. Bush on Iraq and backing a Democrat in last year's Nebraska Senate race.

The business is getting Republicans incumbents re-elected next year. Challenging Obama's nominees and policies has improved senators' standing with the conservative base as they fear tea party challenges.


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