McCain: Let's Not Filibuster Chuck Hagel

Defense nominee nears confirmation

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 5, 2013 9:56 AM CST

(Newser) – John McCain wasn't easy on Chuck Hagel during the defense secretary nominee's confirmation hearing—but it looks as though he and other Republicans are letting up. (After all, the two were friends before falling out.) McCain says he opposes a filibuster of Hagel's confirmation and will urge his colleagues against the idea, the New York Times reports. With Sens. Richard Burr, Susan Collins, and Roy Blunt also opposing a filibuster, Hagel appears to have more than enough votes for confirmation. While firm opponents could still use procedural measures to hamper the process, a confirmation ultimately looks likely, the Times notes.

Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., assess Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.
Senate Armed Services Committee members Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., assess Chuck Hagel on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
John McCain smiles during a meeting at  the Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.
John McCain smiles during a meeting at the Security Conference in Munich, southern Germany, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2013.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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