Hagel Working with Democrat to Oppose Bush’s Iraq Policy

By Lindsay Hamilton

Mar 25, 2007 1:38pm

ABC News’ Lindsay Hamilton reports: Senator Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., will join forces with Democratic Senator Jim Webb, Va., this week to introduce legislation that will "affect the outcome, the conditions of American military involvement in Iraq."

Speaking with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Hagel declined to lay out the specifics, but asserted that he "will not accept the status quo."

"I am opposed to the president’s current policy. I am opposed to the president’s further escalation of American military involvement. We are undermining our interests in the Middle East, we are undermining our military, we’re undermining the confidence of people around the world in what we’re doing," he said.

Hagel, frustrated with the President’s attempts to sideline Congress on Iraq, added that the President is getting bad advice and his team could use a civics lesson.

"To dismiss them, the Congress, by saying, you don’t have a role in this, you’re irrelevant to this- he’s getting some bad advice, and I would suggest they all go back and re-read the Constitution."

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