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RNC: 'Chuck Hagel Is The Wrong Choice For Secretary Of Defense'

10:47 AM, Jan 31, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Hagel Was Reportedly “Solely Responsible” For Blocking An Iran Sanctions Bill In 2008. “If, given the prevailing political winds on Iran, it sounds strange that Republicans would have blocked a get-tough measure on the Islamic Republic -- there’s an explanation. According to a congressional aide who spoke on background to the Huffington Post, Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel is solely responsible for the hold on the bill. (Request for confirmation from Hagel’s press office was not immediately returned.)” (Seth Colter Walls, “Dems Blame Senate GOP For Blocking Iran Sanctions Bill,” The Huffington Post, 11/3/08)

In 2001, Hagel “Denounced U.S. Sanctions Against Iran And Libya.” “On June 27, 2001, however, Mr. Hagel, addressing another AIC [American Iranian Council] gathering in Washington, denounced U.S. sanctions against Iran and Libya, asserting that they ‘isolate us.’” (Editorial, “Iran And Its Apologists,” The Washington Times, 3/29/02)

Hagel Was One Of Just Two Senators To Vote Against The ILSA Extension Act Of 2001, Which Provided For A Five-Year Extension Of Sanctions Against Iran And Libya. (S. 1218, CQ Vote #252: Passed 96-2: R 47-2; D 48-0; I 1-0, 7/25/01, Hagel Voted Nay)

In 2003, Hagel Did Not Vote On The Syria Accountability Act That Sanctioned Syria For Its Support For Terrorism And Development Of Weapons Of Mass Destruction. (H.R. 1828, CQ Vote #445: Passed 89-4: R 47-2; D 42-1; I 0-1, 11/11/03, Hagel Did Not Vote)

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