Hagel faces tough questions during confirmation hearing
Will Republicans vote for their former colleague?
- Duration 7:42
- Date Feb 4, 2013
Will Republicans vote for their former colleague?
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Chuck Hagel getting grilled during his confirmation hearings to be our next secretary of defense some of the most.
Intense questions coming from fellow Republicans to didn't exactly treat him with.
Well kid globs.
Listen to this exchange with Senator John McCain.
W please answer the question will you correct or incorrect when you said.
That the search would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam we are correct or incorrect -- -- or know.
My reference to -- -- Nancy might change under -- The question is -- we -- right or wrong.
That's a pretty straightforward question well I thought I would like to answer -- -- right or wrong and then you are free to elaborate.
Well I am not going -- give you a a yes or no answer well a lot of -- show that today refused to answer that question.
Now John McCain may have missed his calling he should have been a lawyer.
So how many Republicans will vote for their former colleagues is bringing in these votes political insiders John Buckley a former Republican congressman -- New York that -- Fox News contributor and a former.
-- for president Jimmy Carter.
-- -- -- to a Fox News contributor former pollster for.
Bill Clinton right so guys -- Google.
And bowed and worst confirmation hearing ever written in up -- Chuck Hagel see I thought it would be judged Yorker John Tower but.
Noon in new.
Cable got the worst well here's what happened in a nutshell great.
Bottom line Chuck Hagel demonstrated.
-- I believe he is not qualified to be secretary of defense.
But yet there -- a couple of Republicans will vote -- And I predict that the entire democratic.
Caucus in the senate some 5450 reluctantly will vote -- he will be confirmed notwithstanding the fact he had.
Misstatements about who -- wouldn't answer Senator McCain.
On the surge in Iraq and bottom line demonstrated to me that he just doesn't -- a lot about the job he's most likely -- get did.
-- rise -- level of incompetence.
He pretty much at three landed sort of my guess was a compliment I thought it was in and I -- the containment thing.
It was exact word with him I think he's thank -- yeah.
We're gonna be I mean it was unbelievable -- -- passing.
But look here's a bigger factor.
I'm not sure I think you'll probably get confirmed.
The issue now is -- are partisan politics and produce a system right now.
Every Democrat including one to know he doesn't belong security and -- report.
I happen to tell you why things are a lot of Democrats in southern states.
-- -- other states where if there were concerted effort because I have seen polling numbers privately.
That show that when people find out what he has said this is before -- -- right for a big -- -- so fast on this guy and I'm probably about Democrats.
And a lot of people -- -- -- about Iran and in Israel here's my point Hillary Clinton.
And end and they didn't and Leon Panetta secretaries respectively of state and defense leave.
Office saying a -- is a dangerous problem which puts it in juxtaposition against -- -- And if Obama -- and can we put it this is out of order Christine -- -- -- put up the Hillary Clinton.
Full screen and because here's what -- -- the Iranians are all in for a side and there's very little room for any kind of dialogue with them and again.
Are we hearing from the president that he wants to reference as yes.
Wants direct negotiations.
If the supreme leader.
Come mainly will countenance them and bottom line.
There is so much chaos as pat was speaking.
Two in the democratic ranks about what our policy is on a -- especially with.
What's going on now in North Africa Greg in Mali Algeria.
Mauritania this is.
Really really a real -- here here's where the -- Republicans need to get their acting here and step up and take advantage of that confusion and that back him and I don't think John McCain is the way to do -- I think that that little clip you played was.
An extreme because at this clip play this clip Christina in plays the no passing but please.
By the way I've just been handed a note.
Misspoken set I supported the president's position on containment.
If I said it meant to say that obviously his positions opinion containment we don't have a position -- So.
And I recognized.
I've had more attention.
Paid in my words the last 08 weeks than I ever thought possible but so I don't take any chances.
You know I would love to know what the real notes that -- would generate nearly what it says contingent on his -- The sad thing answers as you would like to think that that man or woman who's in charge of the Defense Department is really on top of those -- is vital.
Again any faith that that guy knows anything.
On a number of fronts Afghanistan.
Sequestration we're going to be facing huge cuts that have to be done smartly.
In in the defense budget.
I have no faith and he is a Republican I'm a Republican and I don't feel and I want -- -- -- I just from jump back from small and nor the -- company there is a fundamental -- hagel is a fundamental problem the president's real policy.
Is not necessarily about a Panetta and Clinton I think we're watching the president move to his natural position.
Which is rule and really -- which -- country does understand who backed viewpoints Republicans -- I -- I have an opportunity.
Democrats are going a couple problems.
He would -- left and I think that's why you want to make and this was what I was competent to -- today.
By all accounts was far more aggressive in supporting the Libyan undertaking supporting the Syrian opposition.
Taking on terror in North Africa than the president has -- and Bob -- what -- is speaking -- and John spoke to.
Are exactly right -- there is a huge huge division in democratic -- that Republicans have yet to exploit and secretary Panetta.
He spoke directly to these issues in his outgoing interviews and this is what -- about the need to protect the defense budget.
But is your sense -- that in terms of policy.
Hagel will be a non factor now could go ahead and cut the budget.
And we'll look at our numbers even in traditional week.
-- so we used -- Cyprus there.
And by the way the -- -- you're the principal.
Warned it's -- be depends advising the president -- to -- achieved on the civilian side and in time this is all for the White House consult a look what happened to Molly though.
Very instructive right what what's -- White House first and instinct to -- all we have no interest there.
Then I think Panetta and Clinton push back now back to sort of mainstream media if we wait this long forever ought to be getting into.
Who's running policy the White House policy answers use.
Basically one over -- final word.
I think that -- goal will have no influence on policy whatsoever he has a front man for massive budget cuts in the Pentagon that Obama needs to do in order to keep financing the social safety net because he doesn't wanna -- anything there a -- will be just walked out of apparently yes or no answers.
About what al-Qaeda is doing in North Africa and what the risk is to ourselves.