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Oklahoma senators urge Obama to withdraw nomination of Hagel

Republican Sens. Tom Coburn and Jim Inhofe signed a letter with 13 other GOP senators asking President Barack Obama to withdraw the nomination of Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense because of a lack of bipartisan support.
by Chris Casteel Published: February 22, 2013

However, Hagel is expected to receive a vote next week and be confirmed in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Obama would “absolutely not” withdraw Hagel's nomination and that it was unfortunate “some Senate Republicans put political posturing ahead of our nation's security.”

He said, “For the first time in American history, Senate Republicans filibustered a nominee for Secretary of Defense — a member of their own party, a decorated combat veteran, and the right leader for our troops. A clear majority in the U.S. Senate supports Senator Hagel's confirmation.”

In their letter, the Republican senators criticized Hagel's “erratic record and myriad conversions on key national security issues” and said they were concerned about comments he made about Iran during his confirmation hearing.

by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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