Hagel in Confirmation Fight for Defense Post Before Nomination

Hagel in Confirmation Fight for Defense Post Before Nomination

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Senator Chuck Hagel, Republican from Nebraska, right, and then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama study boards displaying military equipment in Camp Arifjan, Iraq on July 18, 2008. Hagel irked members of President George W. Bush’s administration and some fellow Republicans by becoming a vocal opponent of the surge of 30,000 U.S. troops to Iraq in 2007.