Cochran Becomes First Republican to Support Hagel

by Andrew Johnson

Mississippi senator Thad Cochran became the first Republican to say he would vote for secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel’s confirmation. Both Republicans and Democrats have expressed concerns with Hagel’s nomination because of past comments regarding Israel and gay rights, along with other views. Many senators have said they’re waiting for the confirmation hearing, which is scheduled for Thursday morning, before deciding. 

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