“I would be stunned if, in the end, Republican senators chose to try to block the nomination of a decorated war veteran who was once among their colleagues in the Senate as a Republican,” Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Friday.
Carney dismissed questioning from McCain, R-Ariz., as “re-litigating” the Iraq war and said much of the questioning amounted to “badgering” on old issues while issues such as the ongoing war in Afghanistan got “short shrift.”
Carney noted that Hagel’s views on Iraq are the same as the president’s. McCain had aggressively questioned Hagel over his opposition to the 2007 surge of U.S. troops into Iraq.
“They were the views the president expressed when he ran for office in 2008 and won. They were the views that he expressed in a campaign against Sen. McCain, who has — who spent most of his time asking about Sen. Hagel’s views on Iraq,” Carney said. “The president promised to end that war, and he did. At the time in 2008, as I recall, Sen. McCain suggested we might have troops in Iraq for 100 years.”
Lois Lerner, director of exempt organizations for the IRS, arrives for a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the investigation of the IRS' targeting of political groups. Lerner invoked her Fifth Amendment right to not testify and caused a protest from some committee members when she offered an opening statement and engaged in dialogue with members before invoking the right.
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