Transcript for Obama's Pick for Defense Secretary Opposed By GOP
And now we head to washington, because just this afternoon the president was thrown a curveball. He saw his secretary of defense nominee chuck hagel would be confirmed, but jonathan karl tells us it didn't happen. Reporter: Today was the day the president hoped he would have a new secretary of defense, but republicans blocked a straight up or down vote on his nomination. They don't like him for of reasons, but their complaint today, was they said he didn't turn over enough financial information. The white house is calling this unconscionable and the president in an online chat said, quote, it's unfortunate this kind of politics at a time when I'm presiding over a war in afghanistan and I need a secretary of defense. This is a delay for the president. It's a setback for the president, but it's not a defeat. Even hagel's strongest critic said he believes hagel will be confirmed, just not quite as soon as the president hoped. Thanks so much, jonathan karl.
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