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Max Cleland: Next Week ‘The Bullshit’ Stops On Hagel Nomination [View all]

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EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO JANUARY 6, 2013, 9:18 AM
With President Obama reportedly set to nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) as the next secretary of defense next week, one of the Democratic Party’s most prominent combat veterans dismissed the political battle over Hagel and said his strength as a nominee will carry him into the Pentagon.

“All this other stuff has been bullshit up ‘til now,” former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) told TPM Saturday. “When the real decision is made, when the president makes the decision … the Senate plays its role.”

Cleland said that when Hagel is actually before senators for confirmation, there’s little chance the bluster surrounding his name since he was first mentioned as a possible successor to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta will actually result in Hagel’s nomination failing.
“I don’t see the United States Senate rejecting Chuck Hagel. Under any circumstance that we can foresee at this point,” he said. When the chips are really down, Cleland says it’s virtually impossible to imagine his Senate vote failing.

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