Inhofe: I Will Filibuster Hagel’s Nomination if Necessary

'I'm going to do my best to see he's not Secretary of Defense'


Sen. James Inhofe (R., Okla.) said he would support filibustering Chuck Hagel’s nomination for Secretary of Defense, saying he was not the right appointment and would do anything necessary to block his confirmation.

“I want a 60-vote margin,” Inhofe said. “I would threaten to cause a 60-vote margin. If it took a filibuster, I’d do it that way.”

No Cabinet nominee has ever been filibustered by the U.S. Senate.

Inhofe ran off some of his concerns about Hagel that came to prominence during his contentious confirmation hearing, including that the Iranian Foreign Ministry supported his nomination and that Hagel once agreed with a statement about the U.S. being the “world’s bully.”

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