McConnell says opposition to Hagel "intensifying" but no decision yet whether GOP will filibuster

02/02/2013 12:12 PM

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Saturday that former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel’s nomination for U.S. Defense Secretary is in doubt as opposition to him “is intensifying.”

McConnell told Kentucky press Saturday morning at the opening of his 2014 re-election headquarters that he will announce “soon” what position he will take on Hagel’s nomination.

He said it wasn’t clear yet whether Republicans will move to filibuster the nomination, which would require 60 votes for Hagel supporters to break. Here’s the video:

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  • viewer wrote on February 02, 2013 01:18 PM :

    Unlike Mitch , Chuck Hagel served his country in war. Unlike Mitch, Hagel puts military men and womans’ lives before the likes of the Haliburton profiteer’s. If anyone can say without a doubt that the Iraq war was worth it, you wont like Chuck Hagel. Im thankfull that Hagel asked the questions that few had the guts to ask. Thank you Sen Chuck Hagel for your service in uniform and as a Senator. Our Senator Mcconnell dont like people that ask questions and has filibustered all growth in our state. Dont take it personnel. He is just like that….

  • viewer wrote on February 02, 2013 01:31 PM :

    Bush and Mitch was screaming of weapons of mass destruction. I thought they were talking about Saddam Hussein had them but I was hearing wrong. They were talking about our countries financial state after paying their friends for policing the globe. Sad but true. What has happened to the GOP and their leaders ???

  • Bill Prueter wrote on February 04, 2013 02:39 PM :

    Hagel has difficulty forming coherent clear sentences. I am weary of seeing my “leaders” incapable of quality ex tempore speech.

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