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'Chuck Hagel Is Not a Responsible Option'

3:46 PM, Dec 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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In a new ad, the Emergency Committee for Israel tells President Obama that "Chuck Hagel is not a responsible option" for secretary of defense:

Maggie Haberman reports:

The William Kristol-founded conservative Emergency Committee for Israel says it’s launching cable ads starting Thursday slamming Chuck Hagel, the latest in a spate of criticism over the man who’s said to top President Barack Obama’s list for Secretary of Defense.

The spot, which hits Hagel for voting against sanctions on Iran, is an indication of the next phase of attacks on the former lawmaker, whose past stands on Israel have gotten the most attention.

It’s set to air on Fox News, MSNBC and CNN in the Washington, D.C. market, the group says.

“Secretary of Defense Chuck ” the spot says. “President Obama says he supports Iran sanctions. Hagel voted against them. Hagel voted against labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group.”

It goes on: “And while President Obama says all options are on the table for preventing a nuclear Iran, Hagel says military action is ‘not a viable, feasible, responsible option.’ President Obama: For Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel is not a ‘responsible option.’ “

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