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Coburn: 'I Cannot Vote for Chuck Hagel'

7:11 AM, Dec 31, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Senator Tom Coburn said Sunday that he would not vote for Chuck Hagel to be the next secretary of defense:

Transcript, via the Washington Free Beacon

NORAH O’DONNELL: You both served with Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel who has been mentioned as a choice for Defense Secretary, Senator Coburn would you vote for him?

TOM COBURN: I cannot vote for Chuck Hagel.

O’DONNELL: Why?

COBURN: Just simply because of some of the positions he’s taken and statements he’s [made].

O’DONNELL: What about you Sen. Durbin?

DICK DURBIN: I think he has proven his patriotism, and public service. Two purple hearts in Vietnam. This man deserves more than just a hearing. He deserves our respect for the service he’s given our country in the and the Senate and to disqualify him for statements he’s made– I think he at least deserves a hearing and an opportunity.

COBURN: That’s not the only reason to disqualify him. He does not have the experience to manage a very large organization like the Pentagon. And we’ve actually had– I think Leon Panetta has done a wonderful job. I supported his nomination. He did have a lot of experience prior to coming here. And if there’s a place we need great management, it’s the Pentagon, and a great manager.

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