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Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:33 AM

McCain says Hagel "not qualified" as defense secretary

Source: Reuters

McCain says Hagel "not qualified" as defense secretary

WASHINGTON | Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:02am EST

(Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday said his former colleague Chuck Hagel was not qualified to be U.S. defense secretary but the Senate would likely vote on his nomination rather than hold it up with procedural hurdles.

Before going on a weeklong recess, Republican lawmakers succeeded in delaying a Senate vote on Hagel's nomination earlier this month. Hagel is expected to win confirmation if a vote is held because Democrats control 55 votes in the 100-seat Senate.

"I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be secretary of defense," McCain of Arizona said on CNN's "State of the Union" show.

"I believe that when the questions are answered, and I believe they will be by this coming week that the president deserves an up or down vote" on Hagel, said McCain, who is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/24/us-obama-nominations-hagel-idUSBRE91N09F20130224

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Reply McCain says Hagel "not qualified" as defense secretary (Original post)
Eugene Feb 2013 OP
JoePhilly Feb 2013 #1
deminks Feb 2013 #3
treestar Feb 2013 #21
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #2
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #4
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #7
Angry Dragon Feb 2013 #11
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #5
geek tragedy Feb 2013 #6
exboyfil Feb 2013 #8
EC Feb 2013 #9
onecent Feb 2013 #10
NutmegYankee Feb 2013 #12
SummerSnow Feb 2013 #18
DFW Feb 2013 #30
Historic NY Feb 2013 #13
Hard Assets Feb 2013 #14
jenmito Feb 2013 #15
Inuca Feb 2013 #16
Third Doctor Feb 2013 #17
pansypoo53219 Feb 2013 #19
Filibuster Harry Feb 2013 #20
Cha Feb 2013 #22
ButterflyBlood Feb 2013 #23
Jeff In Milwaukee Feb 2013 #24
damonm Feb 2013 #25
defacto7 Feb 2013 #26
blogslut Feb 2013 #27
Lil Missy Feb 2013 #28
BlueStater Feb 2013 #29
Proud Liberal Dem Feb 2013 #31
TwilightGardener Feb 2013 #32

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:35 AM

1. McCain isn't qualified to pass out the jello at the home.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:40 AM

3. +1

I think he is trying to take a hostage and hasn't gotten what he wants yet.

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Response to JoePhilly (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:08 PM

21. LOL

I was thinking along those lines. Any words that come after the words "McCain says" are disqualified from being anything accurate.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:36 AM

2. With friends like these, who needs enemas? nt

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:41 AM

4. Does President McCain say why Hagel is not qualified??

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:43 AM

7. Lack of experience as mayor of Wasilla. nt

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:45 AM

11. Now that does make sense

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:41 AM

5. "Additional revelations"= we're going to make up more Friends of Hamas/blogger notes

and filibuster again.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:43 AM

6. Obama should have nominated Sarah Palin, who was qualified to be Preznit,

according to Senator Getoffmylawn.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

8. To say he is not qualified is ridiculous

You can say that he holds positions that I believe are not in the best interests of the country, but a man who has served in the Senate for 12 years in the Foreign Relations Committee and Select Committee on Intelligence is obviously qualified.

Not that he is my first choice for SecDef (I don't understand why it can't be a Democrat), but he is qualified.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

9. Has anyone played that tape of him saying

he'd be happy with Hagel as HIS Defense Secretary while he's there to see it after he says he's not qualified? "State of the Union" is Candy Crowley now isn't it? So did she play the tape?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:44 AM

10. Just consider the source...Just look at the excuse of a man, "McCain"....Let him and Lindsey sail

off into the sunset together soon. They both are dried up old prunes.....and neither one will ADMIT IT.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 11:58 AM

12. The Man who thought Sarah Palin was qualified to be VP...

Insists that Hagel isn't qualified to be SecDef.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:09 PM

18. Sarah Palin isn't qualified to be the poop manager at the local zoo.

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Response to NutmegYankee (Reply #12)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 04:47 AM

30. That was my first thought, too.

The man whose lack of judgment led him to pick Sarah Palin to be next in line for the presidency of the USA says a fellow veteran who was NOT known for screwing up on a regular basis is unqualified for a cabinet position.

I think it was pretty indicative, after McCain confused Obama and Romney at a stump speech (with Romney standing right next to him!), that McCain is well on the way to dementia, and probably is holding on to his Senate seat only because he retains enough presence of mind to know that Jan Brewer would only appoint someone worse to serve out the rest of his term.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:06 PM

13. John what made you qualified to be Senator? Your looks or money...

definitely not your smarts.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:21 PM

14. And you aren't qualified to be a Senator, President

 

or even a breathing human being.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 12:41 PM

15. McCain was on a Sunday show? THAT'S a shocker.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 01:39 PM

16. "who is a friend of mine"

That says it all, I think.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:02 PM

17. Didn't Mccain say Hagel was

qualified to be SecDef a decade ago? Now that's changed because he would not lockstep for Bush's agenda?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:11 PM

19. sarah palin. STFU + sit down.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 02:57 PM

20. There goes magoo again. The expert on who is qualified -- the one who gave us sarah.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 03:34 PM

22. That f***head is on the Sunday shows AGAIN!?

Why? Do their ratings spike when gasbag meets gasbag?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 09:41 PM

23. Uh, after his 2008 running mate who is McCain to speak about qualifications?

Idiot.

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Reply #23)

Sun Feb 24, 2013, 10:01 PM

24. Ding! Ding! Ding!

We have a winner....

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Response to ButterflyBlood (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:07 AM

25. Came to say that...

Leaving satisfied.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 02:43 AM

26. McCain and his ilk are simply

using up precious administration time for as long as possible. The less time Obama has the less he can get done. 'Just wasting America's needed time to rebuild and get on with life.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:09 AM

27. I have to wonder, that maybe

... aside from McCain and Graham's petty pandering to their far right base, perhaps there's a bit of commissioned officer snobbery going on? Hagel would/will be the first NCO SecDef in US history.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:20 AM

28. McCain thought a moron was qualified as a running mate.

McCain is a laughing stock and a bitter old man.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 03:36 AM

29. HA!

This from a jackass who thought this twit was qualified to Vice President:




John McCain, you have become nothing more than a mean-spirited, petty, bitter, embarrassing bitch. All those years you spent kissing Junior's ass and selling out didn't pay off for you and now you're just an angry, resentful, pathetic old man. Please have some dignity and resign your senate seat and retire from public life instead of continuing to make a fool out yourself on a daily basis.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 08:11 AM

31. What knows he

of being qualified?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2013, 10:10 AM

32. Interesting old story about McCain, Hagel, and Senate Repubs:

Kind of unrelated to defense, but McCain used to think pretty highly of Hagel's ideas. McCain used Hagel's 2005 Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac oversight legislation to try to boost his 2008 campaign by claiming he was prescient about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac needing more regulation (Hagel got him to cosponsor it in 2006). Republicans and lobbyists secretly worked to kill Hagel's bill out of committee, because they were afraid it would dampen the housing boom--and then when Fannie and Freddie finally almost collapsed in 2008, they blamed Democrats for killing it.

http://www.cleveland.com/nation/index.ssf/2008/10/freddie_mac_secretly_paid_gop.html

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