Udall noncommittal on Hagel nomination

3:41 PM, Jan 8, 2013   |    comments
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Udall's spokesman says the Colorado Democrat is "thoughtfully considering" the Chuck Hagel nomination.

Before Hagel can be confirmed by the Senate, he has win the Armed Services Committee's approval. And it's not clear if Hagel, a former Nebraska Republican senator and Vietnam War hero, can overcome that first hurdle, with several Democratic and Republican panel members expressing skepticism or refusing to providing firm endorsements.

"With a wide range of challenges facing our military, I expect that Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing will provide a forum for appropriate, insightful and frank discussions," Udall said in a statement. "If confirmed, Hagel would bring the Pentagon his remarkable experience as a combat veteran and outspoken Senate leader. I am certainly going to approach this hearing with an open mind, and I'm looking forward to discussing his vision for the future - as well as his answers to a range of critical questions."

Obama announced Hagel as his choice Monday. Critics say Hagel isn't sufficiently supportive of Israel, is soft on Iran and is cool toward gays.

By: Raju Chebium
Gannett Washington Bureau


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