Who does he think he’s fooling?
(CNSNews.com) – With four Republicans siding with Democrats, the U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to confirm Chuck Hagel as President Obama’s secretary of defense, a nomination that drew strong opposition within the Republican former senator’s own party, with some troubled by past statements on Israel and Iran.
GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns, (Nebr.) and Richard Shelby (Ala.) supported Hagel in the 58-41 vote. No Democrats opposed him. (Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a staunchly pro-Israel New Jersey Democrat who recently announced he will not seek re-election next year, was reportedly home ill.)
In a statement responding to the vote, Obama described the confirmation as “bipartisan.”
Earlier in the day the Senate voted 71-27 to end debate, thus necessitating only a simple majority for final confirmation.