Santorum: Keep Up the Fight Against Senator Hagel

Verona, PA - Former Republican Presidential candidate and Patriot Voices Chairman Rick Santorum issued the following statement regarding the status of former Senator Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense:

"I urge my former colleagues to continue their fight against former Senator Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary. 

"The primary responsibility of the federal government is keep our people safe, and putting forth a defense secretary nominee with the weak credentials of Chuck Hagel does not meet that obligation.  Senator Hagel's past positions on Iran, Iraq and Israel are troubling enough to warrant that his nomination be withdrawn. But when you couple his past record with his refusal to offer documentation on financial benefits he's received and questionable foreign affairs speeches he's given, it is obvious that he cannot serve in this position effectively.

"Today's failed cloture vote was an important victory in our effort to stop Senator Hagel's nomination, but it is only a first step.  As his nomination comes back up for a vote after the congressional recess, I believe it will still be quite clear that he is unqualified and unfit to serve in this critically important cabinet position.  He should not be confirmed." 

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