Delay in Hagel confirmation bad for his chances?
Fight over nomination intensifying
- Duration 3:25
- Date Feb 15, 2013
Fight over nomination intensifying
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Talk gotta -- the longer the Defense Secretary nomination has dragged out my next guest says the -- on its critics have.
To dig stuff up Katie but Marlon warning time not I'm Chuck Hagel side Katie good to see again explain -- Well -- now have two weeks where he's -- twist in the wind and his opponents are gonna find out.
Every dumb thing he's ever said.
Every speech he's ever made.
They're out don't find out how many -- what every -- -- that is a freshening -- -- -- gonna I'm now try to paint the picture of an unqualified man to be secretary of about.
-- I always say that when there's -- they'd like this that it drags on.
Whether this chances of ultimately passing you're not a John McCain was you just yesterday -- and he thinks he would ultimately be approved he wouldn't vote for -- -- -- -- I think that's anyway but the the upshot being.
That what happens is most nominees just withdraw they just stated it's not worth that and then.
And and to save further embarrassment they -- go quietly into the night woody.
Well I think what a bunch -- things are gonna happen either he is going to withdraw and it's not necessarily -- -- to withdraw it may be that the White House says to him -- This is really a distraction from the president's mission we think it's a good idea if you withdraw.
And if he does with brother two very good candidates right behind in the current number two at the Defense Department ash Carter and the former number three in the show floor and -- -- very well respected on both sides of a political -- But think he does get confirmed then what happens he is a very -- secretary of defense he's gonna have two major jobs that the president wants him to do one.
Cut the fans and deal with the united states military deal with all those generals.
Make sure that they're on board and number two.
Go up to Capitol Hill.
Let all those congressman and senators now -- we -- -- -- basing your.
District we -- shut down assembly line we want you to go along with it at that point you have a very -- secretary of defense who may not be terribly effective.
You know I'm I'm hearing that a lot of -- that -- this administration thought they'd have like a bill -- deal on their hands that.
You by -- a Republican even a maverick one or former us senator.
All of that would you know win over Republicans who were skeptical about the administration's approach of foreign policy.
But Bill -- and -- -- it could not have been further apart.
And and the administration simply.
I don't I don't think they did their homework I think that they didn't check out the fact.
That cable is growing up very well liked -- -- personally not well liked I've talked to senator in Hoff who has really substantive issues about.
-- both the policy stance on Israel on Iran.
He's got he's Scott McCain who is his said he made about.
Against him but he thought he might pass.
And then there's also senator Lindsey Graham so -- -- -- -- strong conservative right and time and they don't they're not -- -- but tell you one thing about meal.
I think at the end of the day.
If what they're Republicans want is an ineffective secretary of defense why -- -- not gonna agree with Obama's policies.
And from their perspective far better to have an ineffective and -- secretary.
A defense that a strong one is going to show the president's policies down.
I'm that's -- -- -- -- there the -- here aren't Casey always good seeing you thank you very much.