Sen. Wicker: ‘Hardly any Republican support’ for Hagel’s confirmation

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One of the louder voices against Chuck Hagel’s nomination as secretary of defense is Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., who questioned Hagel during confirmation hearings on Thursday, and reiterated why he’s voting against the former Republican senator.

“You could not pick a United States senator from the last decade who has had more anti-Israeli comments, that has had more troublesome votes, or more troublesome positions or statements against the nation of Israel,” Wicker told NewsNation’s Tamron Hall.

Wicker, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, compared Hagel’s harsh grilling to Sen. John Kerry’s swift confirmation by his former colleagues. Wicker said the increased uncertainty indicates Hagel’s strong weakness as a nominee.