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  2/22/2013, Adar 12, 5773

Hagel's Chances 6 Republican Senators Better, Yet...


Six Republican senators said, Thursday, that they will not oppose the nomination of former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense of the United States. Their announcement appears to pave the way for Hagel's approval when the Senate votes on Tuesday.

At the same time, 15 Republican senators wrote to President Barack Obama, calling on him to withdraw the nomination. They noted that no nominee has been approved with more than three "no" votes, calling his position on Iran's nuclear threat "dangerous" and adding, "The occupant of this critical office should be someone whose candidacy is neither controversial or divisive."