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Senator Hagel: Not An Anti-War Candidate February 4, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Congress, Politics, US News.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–Sen. Chuck Hagel, a possible White House hopeful in 2008, says do not consider him an anti-war candidate if he does run.

The Nebraska Republican, a Vietnam veteran, has criticized President George W. Bush’s troop increase plan for Iraq as “the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.”

Hagel is one of five Republican senators who so far are backing a resolution by Sen. John Warner, a Virginia Republican, that would put the Senate on record as opposing Bush’s plan.

“Every member of the Congress should be engaged here and their people that they represent should know where they stand,” Hagel said Sunday. “If they want to continue to send young men and women to fight and die in Iraq, then they should step forward and explain that position and why. If they don’t, explain that.

“But to have a different position than the president’s on a war doesn’t qualify anyone to be an anti-war candidate,” he said.

As for 2008, Hagel said he will make that decision “as time develops.”

The senator was on “This Week” on ABC.

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