Sen. Chuck Hagel's Defense Nomination Draws Criticism

President Obama will nominate former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel to be secretary of defense.
2:31 | 01/07/13

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Transcript for Sen. Chuck Hagel's Defense Nomination Draws Criticism
President Obama will nominate his -- for the Pentagon and CIA later today already stirring up some controversy. -- ABC's Martha Raddatz is in Washington with the latest good morning Martha. Good morning George let's start with the Defense Secretary you might think that a Republican. Vietnam. -- veteran former senator with all kinds of foreign policy experience would be the perfect choice to ease the rape her on Capitol Hill. But Chuck Hagel is going to have to fight for confirmation -- only Republican Chuck Hagel has one very important Democrat on his -- It's our server -- -- I know him. He used a patriot. But when news broke that he will be president Obama's pick for secretary of defense so prominent Republicans who would be part of the confirmation. Called -- -- and in your face pick. It is very difficult to imagine a circumstance in which I could support his confirmation -- a controversial choice even conservative groups got in on the -- against take else. Chuck people. -- But why is everyone so sour on the former Republican senator last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998. About president Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Luxembourg calling him openly aggressively day in 2007. Cagle dared to speak out against the planned troop surge in Iraq. The most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam and his controversial comments on Israel incensed many. When he said lawmakers on Capitol Hill were intimidated by what he called the Jewish lobby. If confirmed to be secretary defense would be the most antagonistic -- defense. Toward the State of Israel and our nation's history. The White House strongly refutes that as do others who say hey -- is a friend of Israel but hey Eagles confirmation -- you know is not guarantee not at all also John Brennan. The president's pick for CN of course replacing Dave Petraeus. He's been the president's closest advisor on counterterrorism at the heart. -- hunt for Osama bin Laden but also likely to face questions about the presence drone warfare program. Exactly those kinds of questions and also some enhanced interrogation questions John Brennan is a long trusted head of counterterrorism -- -- he is very close to the president he was right there next to. -- L Bartlett when Osama bin Laden was killed he of course replaces David Petraeus because he resigned in the wake of that sex scandal. Cameras around us thanks very much.

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