Senators: Hagel A Tough Sell If Nominated For Defense Secretary

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

Two senators said Sunday former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel would face a difficult confirmation if nominated by President Obama to be defense secretary.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, a Connecticut independent who's retiring and wouldn't have a vote, cites Hagel's positions on Iran. Lieberman told CNN's "State of the Union" that Hagel had "some very outlying votes" against economic penalties on Iran over its nuclear program. Lieberman said sanctions are the only way to change Tehran's behavior "short of war."

Lieberman said it would be "a very tough confirmation process" and "there are reasonable questions to ask and that Chuck Hagel will have to answer."

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told NBC's "Meet the Press" that it would be "a challenging nomination" and Hagel might not get many Republican votes.

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