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Obama criticizes Senate Republicans over Hagel nomination

Posted: 02/15/13 09:11

President Barack Obama is criticizing Senate Republicans for delaying the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as his secretary of defense. Nebraska’s newest U.S Senator Deb Fischer joined other Republicans who succeeded in blocking a confirmation vote. U.S Senator Mike Johanns, who supports Hagel won't buy the claims by fellow Republicans they aren't using the filibuster against Hagel. The president said his opponents are using politics while the nation is still at war in Afghanistan. Obama called Hagel, who is a former Nebraska U.S. Senator and Vietnam veteran, "eminently" qualified for the job yesterday.