When I heard that Senator Rand Paul voted for the confirmation of Chuck Hagel becoming our next Defense Secretary yesterday, I was not only shocked…I was instantly angered, let alone very disappointed. Seems he’s had an excuse or two for his vote since then. As far as I’m concerned there’s no excuse that will pass the smell test for me. I’m forgetting about any possibility for him becoming our next president, something he’s been toying with for the near future. He’ll have to dream on when it comes to getting any vote from this neck of the woods…but that’s just me. Some of you might just feel differently…if so, state your case!
By the way, some of you may want to refresh your minds about good ol’ Chuck Hagel here.
Here’s a pretty good summary about this topic. – This is via TB:
The U.S. Senate voted 58-41 Tuesday to confirm former Nebraska senator Chuck Hagel as America’s new defense secretary, but not without a little controversy.
Four Republican senators backed Hagels’ confirmation: Sens. Thad Cochran (Miss.), Mike Johanns (Neb.), Richard Shelby (Ala.), and Rand Paul (Ky.), as noted yesterday on TheBlaze.
Understandably, Sen. Paul’s vote took some by surprise. After all, didn’t the Kentucky senator vote against cloture before voting for Hagel’s confirmation (answer: Yes).
In an attempt to figure out this apparent contradiction, Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer on Wednesday asked the senator about his “aye” vote.
“You helped lead the charge publicly against Chuck Hagel. Yet he you voted to confirm him as Defense Secretary. He was sworn two hours ago at the Pentagon. Why the vote to favor him?” Hemmer asked.
“I filibustered him twice because I wanted more information, and I think when Republicans stick together we could get information. I was disappointed several on my side after they filibustered him immediately announced they wouldn’t continue the filibuster so we never got the information,” said Sen. Paul.
“I’m the same way on Brennan. I want more information on drone strikes in America. On final passage though I take the position that the president does have some leeway and some prerogative in who he appoints to political appointees.
“So I would like to get as much information as we can. I will stick with the party, if the party will stick together to try to get more information. In the end I voted for John Kerry also although I agree with almost nothing that John Kerry represents,” he added.
So there you have it. Sen. Paul voted against cloture because, according to him, he was angling to get more information on the former Nebraska senator. He also voted to confirm Hagel because the president has some “leeway” with his appointees.
Watch the Fox interview here [the senator’s Hagel explanation appears at the 02:50 mark:
Oh, by the way, as noted by BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray, Sen. Paul told reporters Tuesday he never got the information he was looking for on Hagel.
Here’s what was said:
WASHINGTON — Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said his support for a filibuster against Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel never meant that he would vote against Hagel’s confirmation.
“I voted no because I wanted more information and I think that part of what the Senate does is try to get information about the nominees,” Paul told reporters in the basement of the Capitol after Hagel’s confirmation Tuesday. “I’ve said all along that I give the president some prerogative in choosing his political appointees.”
“There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry on, there are very few things I agree with the president on, but the president gets to choose political appointees,” Paul said.
Asked if he ever got the information he wanted about Hagel, Paul said that he hadn’t.
So, when I read the information above yesterday, and now hear what he had to say this morning on Fox, I have to wonder just what is the truth…why did he really vote for Hagel? The apple doesn’t fall far the tree came to mind…still does. – What say you?
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