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Reports: Hagel ‘likely’ to be next Secretary of Defense

By   /   December 13, 2012  /   8 Comments

Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog

Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is the leading candidate for Secretary of Defense, according to several national news outlets.

NBC News is reporting that Hagel “is likely to be President Obama’s” pick. Bloomberg News says the President spoke with Hagel about the nomination on December 4.

NEXT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE? Former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel (R)

Just over a month ago Hagel was campaigning in Nebraska for Bob Kerrey’s ill-fated Senate bid.

At that time several Nebraska Republicans, including U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns accused Hagel of endorsing Kerrey because he’s angling for a job in a second Obama administration. That seemed to infuriate Hagel, who said Johanns’ “doesn’t know anything about who I am.”

“Mr. Johanns is all-knowing and understands everything,” Hagel snapped during a press conference in Lincoln. “If that was my motive, what the hell am I doing in Nebraska?”

Hagel told reporters he’d been offered “pretty senior jobs” by Obama and turned them down. Hagel currently is co-chairman of Obama’s Intelligence Advisory Board.

Asked by Nebraska Watchdog (see our video report here) if he would say no to a future offer, Hagel would not comment.

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  • Myrna Brown

    He would make a good one.

  • Watching_From_Lincoln

    Excellent choice for the position. Just waiting for the braying NEGOP/Tea Party jackass chorus to start braying their RINO nonsense.

  • miss peace

    I believe they already have Watching from Lincoln..

  • D. Mark

    He would fit right in with the Obama agenda!!!!!

  • Bam

    Didn’t have to wait long for the braying jackass WFL to recite his love for the nonsensical RINO.

  • Awesome, and Johanns has no business talking about anyone vying for a political post or Office, just take a look at his record!

  • resistwemuch

    A rubber stamp rino.

  • Dave Fall

    Nebraska has a history of non-partisanship and history proves it has produced outstanding National leaders. Chuck Hagel Bob Kerrey, George Norris to name only three.

    What an outstanding appointment. All Nebraskans should take pride we picked another leader at one point.