Posted: Jan 7, 2013 3:21 PM by Tonya LaCoste/AP
U.S. Senator David Vitter will not vote for President Obama's Secretary of Defense nominee, Chuck Hagel. "I'll be a no vote on the Armed Services Committee and on the floor," Vitter said in a press release. Vitter sits on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee. "Given Chuck Hagel's statements and actions on a nuclear Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah, I think his confirmation would send exactly the wrong message to our allies and enemies alike. Israel, our strongest ally in the region, is dealing with a lot of threat and uncertainty right now; Hagel would make that even worse," he said.
Sen. Carl Levin, the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says Chuck Hagel is "well-qualified" to be the next Defense secretary. He will oversee Hagel's confirmation hearing and said in a statement Monday that the former Republican senator has a wealth of experience in national security and is a strong advocate for the men and women of the military.