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Sen. Rubio: "I Don't Believe I Will Be Able To Support" Hagel

SEN. MARCO RUBIO (R-FLORIDA): Well, let me begin by saying that Chuck Hagel’s service for our country – particularly in Vietnam is something that all of us admire. I don’t think you’ll find debate about that. But he’s being nominated for one of the most important Cabinet positions in the country. The secretary of defense. And I stated long ago that I’m deeply disturbed by his previous comments and positions with regards to sanctions on Iran, with regards to direct negations with North Korea, obviously statements he’s made on Israel. These are not the kind of statements and kind of positions that I would like to see our sec of defense to have. These are big big problems. And so, for those reasons I just don’t think I’ll be able to support his nomination. Especially after his testimony in the last hour here has really not said anything that addresses those concerns to my satisfaction.

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