McCain glad Obama taking Hagel with him on foreign trip

July 17, 2008

OMAHA, Nebraska – U.S. Republican presidential candidate John McCain considers Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel a friend.

rtr1lk90.jpg“A very dear, close friend of mine, and I’ve cherished his friendship for many, many years” is how McCain put it on Wednesday.

So what does he think about Hagel, an outspoken Iraq war opponent, going with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a visit to Iraq and Afghanistan?

“I’m certainly pleased that Sen. Obama is being accompanied by Chuck Hagel, who has military experience, who has knowledge of these issues, even if we have some disagreements,” McCain told reporters.

Hagel, sometimes mentioned as a possible vice presidential running mate for Obama even though he is from the opposing party, has criticized McCain for supporting the Bush administration’s current Iraq war strategy.

What does McCain think about Hagel on Iraq?

“Sen. Hagel is wrong,” McCain said, while adding that at least Hagel had reached an informed conclusion based on visits to Iraq.

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– Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama mugs for the camera with Hagel and Sen. Richard Lugar at Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing in January 2007) 


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Senator McCain, What an old school Gentleman!

Posted by Rambo | Report as abusive

McCain is too kind ! Giving Hagel the kiss of death !

Posted by Richard Donaldson-Alves | Report as abusive

“Sen. Hagel is wrong”, perhaps thats because his war record is not based on having previously having lost a war, or being shot down, or having dumped billions into a war that # 41 started but never finished.

Posted by hilarryous | Report as abusive