Contact Us

Chuck Hagel Confirmed as Secretary of Defense

Chuck Hagel
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Chuck Hagel, whose confirmation hearing in the Senate was highly contentious, was finally confirmed today as the next secretary of defense by a vote of 58-41.

The nomination was in some serious doubt in the last few weeks, especially after Hagel endured some very tough questioning from Republican members of the Armed Services Committee. In the end, though, four members of the GOP joined 54 Democrats to confirm him. The four Republicans were Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard C. Shelby (Ala.) and Rand Paul (Ky.).

It is the closest vote ever for an incoming secretary of defense. The source of much of the tension between Hagel and his former colleagues in the upper chamber of Congress is likely Hagel’s criticism of the Iraq War during his time in the Senate and after. However, this may have helped build his relationship with President Obama. The two men met and became friendly while serving together on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Hagel will become the first enlisted man to lead the Pentagon, a historic ascension for the former senator from Nebraska. He will replace the departing Leon Panetta.

[Washington Post]

More Local News

Latest Country Music News

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kxrb.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 1000 KXRB - Classic Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 1000 KXRB - Classic Country quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!