Lieberman on Hagel: ‘I Think This Will Be a Very Tough Confirmation Process’

by Eliana Johnson

On this morning’s edition of State of the Union, Joe Lieberman told CNN’s Candy Crowley that former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel’s stance on Iran, not his positions on Israel, would the greatest concern for him were he voting on Hagel’s confirmation as secretary of defense. (Hagel is the reported frontrunner to replace Leon Panetta at the Department of Defense.) “President Obama obviously has earned the right to nominate whoever he wants, but I think this will be a very tough confirmation process,” Lieberman said. “I don’t know how it would end, but there are reasonable questions to ask, and that Chuck Hagel would have to answer.” 



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