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  12/31/2012, Tevet 18, 5773

Obama Touts Hagel as 'Patriot', 'Doing Extraordinary Work'


President Obama defended former Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-Neb.) record on Sunday, rebuffing attacks on the potential nominee for defense secretary.

"I've served with Chuck Hagel. I know him. He is a patriot," Obama said in an interview that aired Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "He is somebody who has done extraordinary work both in the United States Senate, somebody who served this country with valor in Vietnam. And is somebody who's currently serving on my intelligence advisory board and doing an outstanding job."