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BREAKING: Chuck Hagel is calling it quits
Omaha.com ^ | 9/8/07 | JAKE THOMPSON

Posted on 09/07/2007 10:54:26 PM PDT by LdSentinal

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."


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 110th; chuckhagel; goodriddance; hagel; longforgotten; loser; nebraska; nolegacy; retirement; rino; rinos; senator
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1 posted on 09/07/2007 10:54:33 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

thank GOD and good riddance you HORSES ASS!


2 posted on 09/07/2007 10:55:49 PM PDT by steel_resolve (Club the wicked.)
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To: LdSentinal

The relief I feel is like passing a kidney stone. The excruciating pain suddenly ends and that’s that.


3 posted on 09/07/2007 10:56:14 PM PDT by cyborg (Long Island Half Marathon finisher!)
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To: LdSentinal

So long
Fare Well
Auf Wiedersehn
Goodbye!


4 posted on 09/07/2007 10:56:14 PM PDT by JRios1968 (Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. - Ben Stein)
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To: LdSentinal
Hoohah! Two RINOs - Warner and Hagel GONE! Things are looking up.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 09/07/2007 10:56:35 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: LdSentinal

Nebraska is safe Repub. Good riddance Chucky!


6 posted on 09/07/2007 10:57:25 PM PDT by DogandPonyShow (America, the Light of the World.)
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To: cyborg

I, Petronski, wrote number 3. Cyborg has been too healthy to ever have had a stone.


7 posted on 09/07/2007 10:57:29 PM PDT by Petronski (Cleveland Indians: Pennant -17)
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To: LdSentinal

Be still my heart....


8 posted on 09/07/2007 10:57:45 PM PDT by Shelayne (I will continue to pray for President Bush and my country, as I am commanded to do by my Lord.)
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To: LdSentinal
Wonderful news! Ridding the party of two RINOs (he and John Warner) is the best thing that has happened within the GOP for conservatives in a long time.

Now, if only Lindsay Graham would call it quits.

9 posted on 09/07/2007 10:58:00 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
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To: LdSentinal

Good news bump.


10 posted on 09/07/2007 10:58:14 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: LdSentinal

Good riddance!


11 posted on 09/07/2007 10:58:31 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: LdSentinal

good riddance Chuck. The fewer Chucks in the Senate the better.


12 posted on 09/07/2007 10:58:34 PM PDT by MovementConservative (Terminate the Duke 88)
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To: LdSentinal
This is Good News!


13 posted on 09/07/2007 10:59:21 PM PDT by SShultz460
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To: Just mythoughts

Warner and Hagel itisa good start.


14 posted on 09/07/2007 10:59:27 PM PDT by Brimack34
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To: Petronski

Here’s your punishment for posting under my screenname!!! :D
http://www.jakesjokes.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_nude-hillary-clinton-bust.jpg


15 posted on 09/07/2007 10:59:41 PM PDT by cyborg (Long Island Half Marathon finisher!)
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To: Just mythoughts
Jon Bruning is a solid conservative. He should hold the seat for the GOP. Nebraska is a deep Red State.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

16 posted on 09/07/2007 10:59:44 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: LdSentinal

no doubt getting ready to support the candidate of his choice and lining up for a lucrative appointed position in the executive branch


17 posted on 09/07/2007 11:00:57 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: LdSentinal; Clintonfatigued; darkangel82; JohnnyZ; Kuksool; Extremely Extreme Extremist; ...

‘Cept this could clear the way for Bob Kerrey, too... :-\


18 posted on 09/07/2007 11:01:02 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~~~Jihad Fever -- Catch It !~~~ (Backup tag: "Live Fred or Die"))
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To: Ol' Sparky
But when, oh when, will their MSM chums retire.

Time for Russert to go.

19 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:02 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Ol' Sparky
But when, oh when, will their MSM chums retire.

Time for Russert to go.

20 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:07 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: LdSentinal

Chuck WHO?...


21 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:07 PM PDT by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole....)
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To: LdSentinal
Wasn't there supposed to be a list of names that some homosexual was threatening make public and embarrass prominent politicians in the news recently?
22 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:24 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: cyborg

I will not look.

One more peek at that ghastly sculpture and I might be turned off permanently.


23 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:36 PM PDT by Petronski (Cleveland Indians: Pennant -17)
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To: LdSentinal

no doubt getting ready to support the candidate of his choice and lining up for a lucrative appointed position in the executive branch


24 posted on 09/07/2007 11:02:41 PM PDT by Fitzcarraldo (Skip the Moon, go for Mars)
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To: LdSentinal

What a loss.

For the Democrats...


25 posted on 09/07/2007 11:03:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (You want to strain gnats. I want to discuss that camel you're swallowing...)
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To: LdSentinal
GOOD RIDDANCE to the Senator.

We have just purged our bowels of this foul toxin.

26 posted on 09/07/2007 11:03:42 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Visit this thread 1-hour from now. In that time, an average of 416.6 more ILLEGALS will be in the US)
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To: LdSentinal

Hurrah!


27 posted on 09/07/2007 11:03:57 PM PDT by skr (Car bombs and IEDs are the exclamation marks for the latest Democrats' talking points.)
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To: Petronski

Muhaaawaaahhaaa


28 posted on 09/07/2007 11:04:12 PM PDT by txhurl (.)
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To: Brimack34
Warner and Hagel itisa good start.

Yes indeed, maybe Lindsey Graham and Arlen Spector might be next. I know wishful thinking.

29 posted on 09/07/2007 11:04:23 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: steel_resolve
LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
30 posted on 09/07/2007 11:04:37 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: goldstategop

Now we just need Arlen Spector to get the hell out! I just hope we can get two actual conservatives in there.


31 posted on 09/07/2007 11:05:50 PM PDT by fazoolius_2006
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To: goldstategop
Jon Bruning is a solid conservative. He should hold the seat for the GOP. Nebraska is a deep Red State.

That is good news to read. Maybe even Senator Nelson might shed that D and stand on the right side.

32 posted on 09/07/2007 11:05:59 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: Just mythoughts
If all the RINOs lose, what's left of the Senate GOP is conservative. The Democrats will find little to pick for the old divide and rule gambit. If they think gridlock is a problem this year, they should wait until after the elections next November. Our hit list should also include the Maine Weak Sisters and Arlen Specter.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

33 posted on 09/07/2007 11:07:58 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: AmericanInTokyo
Certainly not related to Craig.


34 posted on 09/07/2007 11:08:33 PM PDT by txhurl (.)
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To: LdSentinal

Best thing would be nobody is there when he announces. What a turd.


35 posted on 09/07/2007 11:08:39 PM PDT by Digger (If RINO is your selection, then failure is your election)
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To: LdSentinal

36 posted on 09/07/2007 11:12:06 PM PDT by rlmorel (Liberals: If the Truth would help them, they would use it.)
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To: Just mythoughts

State Senator NARAL Queers only give IT a 55% rating

Nebraska Ben Nelson 55


37 posted on 09/07/2007 11:14:05 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: goldstategop
Oh I forgot about the Maine gals, you are so correct. And as I noted earlier Lindsey Graham needs to retire. Maybe McCain will retire after the election. He is on that got to go list as well. Isn’t there a possible mess in Alaska regarding a Senator?
38 posted on 09/07/2007 11:14:54 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: LdSentinal
will not run for president next year

Maybe Ron Paul can pick up all three people who were hoping he would run.

39 posted on 09/07/2007 11:15:52 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Love stinks)
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To: LdSentinal

Don’t let the door hit’cha (etc)

He is to be commended for serving in Vietnam. He is to be derided for his anti-war position now.


40 posted on 09/07/2007 11:16:58 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (FRED!)
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To: LdSentinal

Hagel retires on the eve of the Petraeus report, the first U.S. victim of the successful surge in Iraq.


41 posted on 09/07/2007 11:17:43 PM PDT by AZLiberty (President Fred -- I like the sound of it.)
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To: LdSentinal

Hopefully we can get a real Republican in here and not a RINO.


42 posted on 09/07/2007 11:17:50 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: LdSentinal

Breaking: Chuck Hagel is calling it quits.


43 posted on 09/07/2007 11:18:01 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran
State Senator NARAL Queers only give IT a 55% rating Nebraska Ben Nelson 55

Thanks for the info, not likely to be any party change in Mr. Nelson's future.

44 posted on 09/07/2007 11:18:22 PM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: AZLiberty
Hagel retires on the eve of the Petraeus report, the first U.S. victim of the successful surge in Iraq.

Bingo! Hagel is really scum.

45 posted on 09/07/2007 11:19:13 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal; All
“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 moistened his finger and held it in the wind. Through no fault of his own, the wind shifted.

46 posted on 09/07/2007 11:20:48 PM PDT by dighton
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To: LdSentinal; All; anyone

After my glee has subsided, I had a thought...

We all thought he took the anti war position because he wanted to keep his cushy job and get re-elected. That wasn’t the case. Now I don’t know what to think.


47 posted on 09/07/2007 11:21:25 PM PDT by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: cyborg; Petronski
Here’s your punishment for posting under my screenname!!! :D (shocking filthy picture link removed)

God Almighty cyborg, the punishment should fit the crime. That was very harsh, extreme overkill.
48 posted on 09/07/2007 11:22:04 PM PDT by Jaysun (It's outlandishly inappropriate to suggest that I'm wrong.)
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Chuck Hagel
49 posted on 09/07/2007 11:22:39 PM PDT by Old Seadog (Inside every old person is a young person saying "WTF happened?".)
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LOL okay okay okay.
50 posted on 09/07/2007 11:23:58 PM PDT by cyborg (Long Island Half Marathon finisher!)
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