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Fischer plans to vote against Hagel nomination

Posted: 02/08/13 09:26

Nebraska Republican Sen. Deb Fischer says she will vote against Chuck Hagel to be the next defense secretary. Fisher casts Hagel's views as out of the mainstream, a point she argued during his confirmation hearing last week. She also says Hagel gave, quote, "confusing and contradictory" testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. Fischer's opposition was widely expected, as Hagel endorsed her Democratic rival - former Sen. Bob Kerrey - in the November election. Hagel is a former two-term GOP senator from Nebraska.
Nebraska's other Republican senator, Mike Johanns, has said he supports Hagel for the job for several reasons. However Johanns respects colleague Senator Fischer's decision. Johanns says he knows Hagel probably better than anyone and believes he will strong with our allies and the men and women who wear the uniform.