McCain: Hagel Will Be Confirmed When Senate Returns

by Andrew Johnson

Even though he will not vote for Chuck Hagel for secretary of defense, Senator John McCain told Meet the Press’s David Gregory he is “confident that Senator Hagel will probably have the votes necessary to confirm him as secretary of defense” when the Senate returns from its week-long recess.

“I don’t believe he is qualified, but I don’t believe that we should hold up his nomination any further,” McCain said. He said that the additional time was necessary “so the remaining questions would be answered.”