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Former McCain ally touted for Obama's VP (Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel)
CNN ^ | August 12, 2008 | Alexander Mooney and Victoria Riess

Posted on 08/12/2008 2:33:37 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Former Republican Rep. Jim Leach endorsed Barack Obama's White House bid Tuesday, and said he hopes the Illinois senator considers a former GOP ally of rival John McCain as his running mate.

Speaking on a conference call with reporters to announce a new effort among Republicans in support of Obama's candidacy, Leach said he thought Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel should join the Democratic ticket.

"There are a number of impressive potential vice presidential candidates and this is a singular decision for one person, and that is Barack Obama," Leach said. "But personally I'd be hopeful in the list of serious candidates to be considered would be Chuck Hagel, whether it be for the veep position or a serious position in an Obama administration."

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: Nebraska
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008veep; chuckhagel; election; electionpresident; elections; jimleach; mccain; ne2008; obama
I know Rep. Jim Leach, and he's the RINO's RINO, so this comes as no surprise. Senator Obama would be better served with Leach himself, who was once a foreign service officer at the State Department (very rare for a congressman).
1 posted on 08/12/2008 2:33:38 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ironic, McCain getting “McCained” by his buds.


2 posted on 08/12/2008 2:35:33 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (I am voting for McCain because he is white.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Can the GOP expel Hagel from the party now? If yes, do they have the coglioni to do it?
3 posted on 08/12/2008 2:36:09 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Obama picks Hagel and McCain picks Lieberman, this will officially be the most bizarre and depressing election ever.


4 posted on 08/12/2008 2:36:34 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is Chuck Hagel in the same position John Edwards was?
I mean Edwards ran for the presidency because he would never have been re-elected by his state to the senate.
Would the folks of Nebraske re-elect this p.o.s.?


5 posted on 08/12/2008 2:38:06 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Seriously, folks, I think these people (pro-Obama RINOS) are suffering from a bad case of ‘Stockholm syndrone.’


6 posted on 08/12/2008 2:38:28 PM PDT by Ben Reyes
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To: rfp1234

I wish Obama would pick Hagel. It’s not like they would carry Nebraska. And can you imagine the revolt that would occur in the Democrat party, especially among Clinton supporters? Hagel would hurt Obama far more than help him, IMO.


7 posted on 08/12/2008 2:39:47 PM PDT by TNCMAXQ
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Chuck Hagel is pro-life, pro-gun, and for lower taxes. He is conservative on every issue except the war and borders.
So this makes no sense.


8 posted on 08/12/2008 2:40:27 PM PDT by camerakid400
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To: TheWasteLand

Already is.


9 posted on 08/12/2008 2:40:45 PM PDT by Crazieman (Vote Juan McAmnesty in 2008! Because freedom abroad is more important than freedom at home!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
If the Republicans had nominated Stalin would he be touting Trotsky as a Democrat VP?
10 posted on 08/12/2008 2:42:08 PM PDT by Pan_Yan (All grey areas are fabrications.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It won’t be Hagel. The pro abortion team won’t allow it.


11 posted on 08/12/2008 2:43:13 PM PDT by Hattie
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To: Crazieman

I second that notion


12 posted on 08/12/2008 2:43:43 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (I voted Republican because no Conservatives were running.)
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To: camerakid400

“Chuck Hagel WAS pro-life, pro-gun, and for lower taxes”

I think the lust for power and influence leads him to the dims. If the oba-messiah picks him he will have and immediate, public, mea culpa on abortion and the 2nd Amendment.


13 posted on 08/12/2008 2:44:23 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right)
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To: TheWasteLand

Hagel and Leach are presumable the type of people that McCain would hope to impress by picking Lieberman. Seems to me that he would be throwing away the conservative vote for nothing if these guys are any indication.


14 posted on 08/12/2008 2:46:49 PM PDT by DManA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
or a serious position in an Obama administration

Yea - name him to the Liquor Cabinet.

15 posted on 08/12/2008 2:49:53 PM PDT by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: TheWasteLand

Nebraska is in the unique position of having a Democrat Senator who is better than their Republican Senator.


16 posted on 08/12/2008 2:50:17 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leach was always a weenie. He lost in 2006 because he refused to let conservatives save his ass against a Democrat write in candidate. He was squeamish about a anti-gay mailer and threaten to leave the party if it was distributed. Obama can have him. Hagel isn’t going to be Obama’s VP. It will probably be Bill Richardson. Now a real coup on Obama’s side would be to get someone on the ticket like Powell but I don’t see it.


17 posted on 08/12/2008 2:54:38 PM PDT by Maelstorm (John McCain is ready to be commander in chief)
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To: TheWasteLand
If Obama picks Hagel and McCain picks Lieberman, this will officially be the most bizarre and depressing election ever.

Not to worry. I'm sure the Hillary Clinton/Duncan Hunter ticket will come riding in to save the day. :)

18 posted on 08/12/2008 2:59:27 PM PDT by Flycatcher (Strong copy for a strong America)
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To: Joe Boucher

Absolutely not. He would never be re-elected here.


19 posted on 08/12/2008 3:00:15 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Maelstorm

Senator Obama would need a Governor Bill Richardson on the ticket to have even a chance with Hispanics. Polls aside, I don’t know one Hispanic that’d vote for Obama.


20 posted on 08/12/2008 3:00:27 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (Barack Obama: In Error and arrogant -- he's errogant!)
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To: Joe Boucher

>>Is Chuck Hagel in the same position John Edwards was?<<

If so, Mrs. Hagel is gonna be pissed.


21 posted on 08/12/2008 3:08:35 PM PDT by KingSnorky
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It would be a smart move by Obama, but might not make his base happy. McCain would pick Evan Bayh to get revenge.


22 posted on 08/12/2008 3:12:18 PM PDT by Defiant (Democrats complained that the war was for oil. Now they make war ON oil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; All
Actually, according to Hit Air, it looks like Hagel wants nothing to do with it:

Obama loses Hagel

23 posted on 08/12/2008 3:13:03 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: TheWasteLand

Er, Hot Air that is.


24 posted on 08/12/2008 3:13:50 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sad Sack Hagel....LOL!!! He is PATHETIC.


25 posted on 08/12/2008 3:22:31 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....The Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Who is touting Hagel, Obama? Jeez, we already have one RINO in the race. WTF would Hagel bring to the ticket? The premise is insane.


26 posted on 08/12/2008 4:35:13 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (College kid: "Do you have a minute for Obama?" NVA: "Not now or ever.")
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To: NEMDF
Absolutely not. He would never be re-elected here.

No, and that's why he moved to Iowa City because it was obvious that he still wanted to be in the game. He was and is generally highly regarded by many locally on both sides; after this, I don't know, figure most folks in his districts won't hold any of it against him. I can live with some moderate views, not the life issues, and there is no question about his intelligence, education, and capabilities.

Not liking McCain I can understand but cannot fathom how and why he could endorse Obama. What could be the underlying motive? I sure don't like to think it was revenge, would at least like to believe he is above that.

27 posted on 08/12/2008 4:50:53 PM PDT by Aliska
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Obama’s leftist base would explode. I truly hope Obama is stupid enough to try this manuever.


28 posted on 08/12/2008 5:14:46 PM PDT by COgamer
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To: COgamer

I think they mistook Hagel for Chafee.


29 posted on 08/12/2008 5:59:56 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: NEMDF

NEMDF,
Are you a Nebraskan? Are you living there now?
How come the normally conservative and solidly proAmerica Nebraskans elected this RINO turd? Several times.
I mean we’re not talking about Vermont here.


30 posted on 08/13/2008 2:46:48 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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