Republican gadfly Chuck Hagel hinted yesterday at an independent bid for the White House, saying "the system needs to be shaken up." The Nebraska senator used the "Face the Nation" pulpit to vent his continuing frustration with the GOP, particularly on Iraq. The lifelong Republican also expressed admiration for another rumored independent hopeful, Mike Bloomberg.
"It’s a great country to think about a New York boy and a Nebraska boy leading this nation," he said of the New York mayor, with whom he met recently. Hagel also warned of increasing Republican discontent with the current Iraq policy and said the party has "been hijacked by a group of single-minded, almost isolationist insulationists."