GOP blocks Hagel nomination for defense secretary
Will president's pick get confirmed?
- Duration 3:15
- Date Feb 15, 2013
Will president's pick get confirmed?
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Happening now some fireworks in Washington and -- nominated nomination stalled.
Republicans blocking for now president Obama's pick to head the Pentagon after -- -- -- nomination comes up short.
In a key senate vote.
Let's talk about it when Monica Crowley radio talk show host and Fox News contributor.
Harry Reid said just when you thought things couldn't get worse it gets worse -- -- democratic majority leader of the senate what's your take -- Yes -- senator Reid is very sanctimonious on this point blaming the Republicans and and going all up in arms about the fact that the Republicans are holding off on this nomination.
When the Democrats have a perform similar maneuvers to try to block Republican nominees.
Including George HW Bush's choice for Defense Secretary John Tower and then more recently.
President Bush's nominee for UN ambassador John Bolton.
And the so this is this is the kind of thing that has happened before on both sides correct -- -- nothing new here and then why are in the administration and Democrats in the senate making it out as -- the sky is falling here.
Well they are trying to make a political argument that the Republicans are just doing this for politics but nothing could be further from the -- Chuck Hagel is a very problematic nominee he had one of the most disastrous confirmation hearing performances.
In recent history we're still getting information that he should have disclosed at the outset when he was first nominated about speeches he is given and so forth.
There's a lot of information we don't have -- don't know about Chuck Hagel that we should be getting.
And of course the bigger point is about -- -- senator Graham other senators are putting a hold on this has nomination because.
This administration is not disclosing everything they have about the big -- attacked Republicans haven't said.
Up to -- -- they have simply said we need more information and please get to that's right and then we will give you -- vote that this administration which has prided itself on transparency has been been anything but transparent.
What it's come to the September 11 Benghazi attacks which led four left for Americans -- we don't have the answers.
And it really is the burden is on the White House John the burden is on this administration there is no reason why.
This nomination should be held up for that reason he should go to vote if you disapprove of him as Defense Secretary.
Voted down but the reason that they have to put a hold on him.
Is because this administration will not provide.
The most basic accountability on what happened to -- -- do you think that President Obama assumed that because he was nominating a former Republican senator senator for the job he would have easy sailing.
Well I think that was part of -- I also think he chose Chuck -- because he would like to have somebody who will.
-- go forward with the very steep and profound defense cuts that the president wants to see go through Chuck Hagel has been on the record saying he approves a very steep defense cuts.
He'd also like a Republican in that position to take the heat.
Windows defense cuts ultimately go through so your prediction if the Republicans get the information they're looking forward -- Chuck Hagel getting -- or is it still is still on the ball I think he is such a problematic candidate here for this job that at this point is probably 5050 proposition that he actually makes it.
We'll see what happens.
In the next couple weeks Monica Crowley thank you thank you.