Johanns supports Hagel for Department of Defense|
Nebraska's senior senator, Mike Johanns, says he believes Hagel will be a strong supporter of Israel and other allies of the U.S. and will be firm with America's enemies. Johanns says that he believes Hagel earned his endorsement. Johanns says he decided to back Hagel after the former Nebraska senator's confirmation hearing and after meeting with him. Some Republican senators have said they will vote against confirming Hagel. Hagel has been criticized as not being tough enough on Iran or sufficiently supportive of Israel.