Via MoveOn.org email:
Today we have a new opportunity to help put domestic job creation at the top of our national agenda. On Monday, President Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel to be our next Secretary of Defense. If confirmed, Hagel will lead President Obama’s efforts to cut the Pentagon budget and end the war in Afghanistan. This will save hundreds of billions of dollars over the next ten years (in addition to saving many lives.) That’s money we can use at home to stop cuts to Social Security and Medicare benefits and for investments in our domestic economy.
But right-wing pro-war groups are trying to block Chuck Hagel’s nomination in the Senate. We can’t allow that to happen. That would be a terrible defeat for President Obama’s second-term agenda. We need Chuck Hagel, a decorated Vietnam vetaran, to lead the President’s effort to end the war and cut the Pentagon budget.
Please sign and share our petition to the Senate here:
Thank you for your help in putting domestic needs at the top of our national agenda!
Remember a few short months ago when the left (including MoveOn.org) spent an entire election attacking Republicans for opposing abortion? Apparently they’ve had a change of heart.
While former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has taken intense heat for past opposition to gay rights, his conservative view on abortion has been drawn less attention from Democratic critics.
But as a Senator, Hagel repeatedly voted against amendments to allow servicewomen to pay for abortion services at military hospitals out of their own pockets.
According past campaign literature, he also opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest because those cases are “rare.”