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Republican Senator Chuck Hagel Resigns

 
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Republican Senator Chuck Hagel Resigns
WASHINGTON - Chuck Hagel will announce Monday that he is retiring from the U.S. Senate and will not run for president next year, people close to the Nebraska Republican said Friday.

Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel plans to leave the Senate after two terms as a Republican Party maverick, people close to him say.
Hagel plans to announce that "he will not run for re-election and that he does not intend to be a candidate for any office in 2008," said one person, who asked not to be named.

Hagel has scheduled a press conference for 10 a.m. Monday at the Omaha Press Club.

According to one person interviewed, Hagel told Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky on Friday morning that he had decided to retire. Hagel's staff learned of his decision that afternoon.

The North Platte native earned national recognition as perhaps the most vocal, at times angry, GOP critic of the Bush administration's Iraq policies.

His outspokenness on Iraq and other key issues, including Social Security and foreign policy, fueled national interest in Hagel as he flirted with a possible presidential bid.

His national profile reached its zenith in March, when he headed to Omaha to hold a press conference on his political future.

But amid wide speculation that he was leaning toward a White House run, Hagel announced that he would disclose his plans later in the year.

His pending retirement leaves another GOP Senate seat without an incumbent at a time when the Republican Party is struggling to stem potential losses and must defend more seats than Democrats.

In Nebraska, the news will trigger a scramble among possible successors.

Attorney General Jon Bruning has been campaigning for the GOP Senate nomination since spring. A second Republican, financial adviser Pat Flynn of Schuyler, also already announced his candidacy.

Other Republicans who could enter the race are former Gov. Mike Johanns, now the U.S. agriculture secretary; former Omaha Mayor Hal Daub; and Columbus businessman Tony Raimondo.

Former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey, president of the New School University in New York City, has voiced interest in returning to the Senate.

Also mentioned by Nebraska Democrats are Scott Kleeb, who lost a race to Republican Adrian Smith in the 3rd Congressional District last year, and Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey.

Hagel, 60, would leave office after two terms, ending a career in which he was a frequently reliable Republican vote - but unafraid to show a maverick streak.

Armed with a deep voice and somber demeanor, Hagel rose quickly in the Senate, developing an international reputation perhaps faster than any previous Nebraska lawmaker.

He has become a leading Senate voice on foreign policy, promoting a pragmatic approach of reaching out to allies and adversaries alike to build economic, social and political relationships.

A decorated Vietnam combat veteran, Hagel drew the most attention for his break with the Republican president on Iraq.

Early this year, his frustration erupted after Bush announced plans for a troop buildup to try to curb violence in Iraq. Hagel labeled it "the worst foreign policy blunder since Vietnam - if it's carried out."

That and other criticism triggered a backlash from some conservatives, who viewed him as disloyal to the Republican president and potentially jeopardizing troops abroad.

Hagel didn't relish the attacks. He explained how Vietnam had a big impact on his view of this war. He recalled Congress' silence during much of Vietnam, as well as the 58,000 Americans who died. He said he didn't want that history to repeat itself.

"I'll be damned if I'm going to stand there and accept the status quo and let it all happen again," he said.

Chuck Hagel never just stood there.

Born in 1946, he was the oldest of four sons raised by Charles and Betty Hagel. He grew up in North Platte and in Rushville, Ainsworth and Columbus.

Life changed abruptly when his father died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve in 1962. It thrust Hagel, then 16, into the role of a father figure for his younger brothers, one of whom would die a few years later in a car accident.

Sent to Vietnam in 1968, he served for a time with his brother Tom, seeing the violence of war up close. The brothers saved each other's lives, they saw friends die, they lived in fear.

Chuck Hagel supported the war then, but changed his view later after hearing tape recordings of former President Lyndon Johnson saying he knew the United States couldn't win but didn't want to be saddled in history with defeat.

In 1971, Hagel landed a job on Capitol Hill as an aide to Republican Rep. John Y. McCollister, who promoted him within two years to chief of staff.

From the late 1970s to the 1990s, he worked as a lobbyist, Veterans Administration official, cellular telephone industry pioneer, USO official and investment banker.

In the 1996 Senate race, he upset then-Gov. Ben Nelson.

In 1997, he teamed with Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., to lead the Senate to a 95-0 vote opposing the Kyoto Protocol, a global warming treaty that was intended to curb the effects of greenhouse gases from developing nations.

He played a key role in reauthorizing the International Monetary Fund, which helps emerging economies worldwide.

Hagel-authored provisions to allow more easily traceable political contributions were included in major campaign finance reform legislation that Congress passed.

During Hagel's first year in the Senate, Washington Post columnist David Broder referred to him as "the freshman who probably has made the deepest impression on his colleagues."

He won re-election in 2002 with 83 percent of the vote.

Among second-term achievements were energy bill provisions promoting the development of clean-air technology to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

He worked on a number of Nebraska issues, including community banking, air service to rural areas and health care.

With a telegenic personality, Hagel has become a fixture on the Sunday TV talk show circuit, racking up more than 100 appearances. The topic often was foreign policy, Hagel's strongest passion.

As a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has traveled widely overseas, building relationships with foreign leaders that have given him a personal and independent view of foreign policy matters.

Hagel always freely expressed his opinions, often in a provocative manner. His temper can flare as it frequently has against the Bush administration over Iraq. Friends say that passion, coupled with his intelligence, have made him unusual in Washington.

"Chuck is one of those political leaders who marches to a drummer of his own," Colin Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and former secretary of state, said several years ago. "He decides what he believes, then he speaks out."
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That's weird. That's who Ron Paul named as a possible running mate and the only guy he would vote for president.
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why the one star?

man, people really suck.
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I don't know about anyone else...but this kinda surprises me...a whole lot...I can't imagine Hagel throwing in the towel...???? lots of questions in my mind...#1 is...WHY?? wb
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bump
All is fair in love & war.
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A Man of his word..indeed a rare thing.
All is fair in love & war.
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BUT THE TIMING!!! WHY NOW?
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He was one of the best. We need more independent thinkers like him. Maybe disaffected members from both major parties can form a third party. Imagine uniting two anti-war candidates with opposing views, like Kucinich and Paul.

They could draft people like Bob Barr and Sam Nunn. IIRC, Nunn planned on running with someone from the Republican Party. Was it Jordan? I wonder where Perot is these days.
Let the truth be your religion.
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maybe resigning is necessary when you said you would only serve two terms and you're going to be vice president for ron paul.
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As a fellow Nebraskan I have two basic observations about the retirement of Chuck Hagel from the U.S Senate.

1.) If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Most likely he is disenchanted with the tedious, formal and unproductive nature of life in the U.S. Senate.

2.) Perhaps Senator Hagel, a former military officer, has seen the writing on the wall and is "bugging out" of Washington D.C. due to the imminent chaos that seems inevitable at this point in time. If that is his reason I
cannot fault him one bit. .

Hagel has been a rebel without a cause within the Republican election since Day One of his first term in the U.S. Senate. He has enjoyed a reputation as a maverick, but in all truth did not initiate much in the way of meaningful legislation during his tenure. He seemed to be prefer hobnobbing with the Establishment elite (Teddy Kennedy, for one) rather than representing ordinary Nebraskans like myself.
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Integrity? He made a promise to his constituents in 1996
when he ran for the Senate that he would only serve two
terms.
 Quoting: DrPostman



Indeed he did...I had forgotten all about that....with all the recent speculation about him running for prez...just seemed a weird time to walk away from it all....Thanx for reminding me....rr
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Maybe by announcing his retirement from the Senate, he is free to openly begin campaigning for Ron Paul. THAT would certainly end the ignoring and ridicule of RP that we're seeing. Hagel would be an excellent proponent of a RP presidency. He would certainly get a lot of mainstream press with a Senate retirement AND joining the RP campaign. Then, the possibility of a Chuck Hagel Vice Presidency may be forthcoming as the earlier poster mentioned.

One can only hope....but Hagel backing Ron Paul would be fantastic.
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That is such a shame. He is a one of only a handful in the Senate who aren't traitors. His life must have been threatened by corporate interests.
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POWER PEOPLE DON'T GIVE POWER UP. SINCE HE IS A VOCAL CRITIC OF THE STATUS QUO, I BET HE IS BEING BLACKMAILED WITH SOME DIRT TO FORCE HIM OUT AND HE WAS GIVEN A CHOICE TO RESIGN OR BE EMBARRASSED.
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The respected Washington, DC publication The Hill (www.thehill.com/news/012903/hagel.aspx) has confirmed that former conservative radio talk-show host and now Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel was the head of, and continues to own part interest in, the company that owns the company that installed, programmed, and largely ran the voting machines that were used by most of the citizens of Nebraska.

Back when Hagel first ran there for the U.S. Senate in 1996, his company's computer-controlled voting machines showed he'd won stunning upsets in both the primaries and the general election. The Washington Post (1/13/1997) said Hagel's "Senate victory against an incumbent Democratic governor was the major Republican upset in the November election." According to Bev Harris of [link to www.blackboxvoting.org,] Hagel won virtually every demographic group, including many largely Black communities that had never before voted Republican. Hagel was the first Republican in 24 years to win a Senate seat in Nebraska.

[link to www.commondreams.org]

Maybe Ron Paul was joking about that "running mate," stuff?
Maybe he was half joking?

hiding
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I have a suspicion some of the Republicans may know something we are not told yet. Like if Bush declares war with Iran there won't be a 2008 Election (so why waste money campaigning). Those still in the race I believe don't know or not part of the Insider's Mafia.
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I don't know about anyone else...but this kinda surprises me...a whole lot...I can't imagine Hagel throwing in the towel...???? lots of questions in my mind...#1 is...WHY?? wb
 Quoting: ridgerunner 220689

people who may know something mysteriously dying and resigning in DC just as about all hell is about to break loose with Iran and another false flag attack on america. gee...looks like the neocon illuminist enforcers have their dirty, bloody hands full.
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I have a suspicion some of the Republicans may know something we are not told yet. Like if Bush declares war with Iran there won't be a 2008 Election (so why waste money campaigning). Those still in the race I believe don't know or not part of the Insider's Mafia.
 Quoting: starlight_afar



Or they don't have the stomach to be a part of a war on Iran.

I wonder if even Rove himself agrees with a war on Iran.
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Senator Hagel Admits Owning Voting Machine Company
[link to www.scoop.co.nz]

In 1996, Hagel became the first elected Republican Nebraska senator in 24 years when he did surprisingly well in an election where the votes were verified by the company he served as chairman and maintained a financial investment. In both the 1996 and 2002 elections, Hagel’s ES&S counted an estimated 80% of his winning votes. Due to the contracting out of services, confidentiality agreements between the State of Nebraska and the company kept this matter out of the public eye. Hagel’s first election victory was described as a “stunning upset” by one Nebraska newspaper.
[link to www.commondreams.org]
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He is facing a stiff primary that he can't win, end of story.
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I have a suspicion some of the Republicans may know something we are not told yet. Like if Bush declares war with Iran there won't be a 2008 Election (so why waste money campaigning). Those still in the race I believe don't know or not part of the Insider's Mafia.
 Quoting: starlight_afar


After extensive study into MKULTRA I believe most to be programed multiples (multiple personalities for newbes) anyone in high positions these days are well trained for servant hood to TPTB. Notice Bush can give a programed speech but stutters through questions and answers. (besides the alcohol mind you)

They have decided the presidents for decades... why do you think the same bunch has been in so long? They do what they are told... and out of the planned so to be chaos will come the New World Order.
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He is facing a stiff primary that he can't win, end of story.
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LOL,..end of story.



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One of the few people worth a damn in the GOP. I don't care
for either party but there are at least a few folks in both
who still have a soul.
 Quoting: DrPostman


I totally agree. And that's probably the reason for him wanting to get out. He wants to keep his soul intact.
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Someone know something more than the rest and maybe is honourable enough to not wanting to get part of it.
Unfortunatly all these few people have not more left than to just resign, because the rest the 99% are corrput pricks.
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OP:

Hagel isn't resigning, for Cripe's sake. He is simply not seeking reelection at the end of his term.
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from: [link to www.foxnews.com]

"We didn't make any deals. But I think Mayor Bloomberg is the kind of individual who should seriously think about this," Hagel said.

"It's a great country to think about — a New York boy and a Nebraska boy to be teamed up leading this nation," he said.

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what a f*ng moring, did that make any sense?
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i mean, no matter what ticket gets elected, it's always going to be in "hagel speak" a boy from one state and a boy from another state. or, perhaps, a girl.

so why would it be "a great nation" if we happen to pick a boy from nebraska and a boy from new york?

because the "boy" from new york is a traiterous, zionist jew?

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good riddance, nebraska boy.

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After extensive study into MKULTRA I believe most to be programed multiples (multiple personalities for newbes) anyone in high positions these days are well trained for servant hood to TPTB. Notice Bush can give a programed speech but stutters through questions and answers. (besides the alcohol mind you)

They have decided the presidents for decades...
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 221949


It seems logical to me that Bush was groomed at an early age and knew he would be installed as pResident. What makes me think this is that his grades at Princeton were Cs, went AWOL with no consequences, he failed at every business venture, was a rounder and, in a sense, didn't appear to care about reputation. In other words, he could do anything he wanted to do, being protected by a very powerful daddy, who could and did erase the records of a "wayward son".

Hagel isn't what he appears to be, either. The wrong people are praising him.
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the rats are leaving the sinking ship...

do you blame this man...I would quit too with all the stink'n rotten trick the Repubs play....they are so stupid they won't even support RON PAUL, who is their ONLY chance to win
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Wow. That would be interesting if Hagel became Paul's running mate.

I can name maybe 10 Republicans who don't scare me, and Hagel and Paul are two of them.

I think the national conventions are going to be very fascinating next year, folks.

You have this coming Grand Collision in the GOP between the social-conservative and libertarian wings of the party. Between Romney or Thomas say and Dr. Paul.

You have this coming Grand Collision in the Dems between the conservative and progressive wings of the party. Between Hillary, for instance, and anybody but her.

Both conventions might actually go to the wire, instead of having our nominees chosen for us two months before our primary.

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