By Joe Jordan | Nebraska Watchdog
Although U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer insists Chuck Hagel is not qualified to be Secretary of Defense, she said today she could vote to end the debate over Hagel’s nomination.
The end of the debate would apparently pave the way for Hagel’s confirmation vote, where it appears Hagel has enough votes to get the Pentagon’s top job.
In an interview with KFAB radio in Omaha, Fischer said when it comes time to vote up or down on Hagel’s confirmation, “I will be voting no on the floor.”
Hagel’s nomination stalled recently when his critics, including Sen. John McCain, said they had questions Hagel needed to answer.
Over the weekend McCain told Meet the Press it was time to move on.
“I don’t believe he’s qualified, but I don’t believe we should hold up his confirmation any further,” McCain said. “I think it’s a reasonable amount of time to have questions answered.”
Fischer, who said she did not have any more questions for Hagel, defended the move to delay Hagel’s nomination.
“There’s no reason to rush,” she said.
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