Though likely to be confirmed, McCain questions Hagel's qualifications
Chuck Hagel is expected to be confirmed as secretary of defense by the Democratic-controled Senate. On Sunday, Republican Senator John McCain said he did not believe Hagel is qualified for the job, despite their personal friendship.
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Republican Senator John McCain on Sunday said his former colleague¬†Chuck Hagel¬†was not qualified to be US defense secretary but the¬†Senate¬†would likely vote on his nomination rather than hold it up with procedural hurdles.
Before going on a weeklong recess, Republican lawmakers succeeded in delaying a Senate vote on Hagel's nomination earlier this month. Hagel is expected to win confirmation if a vote is held because Democrats control 55 votes in the 100-seat¬†Senate.
"I believe that when the questions are answered, and I believe they will be by this coming week that the president deserves an up or down vote" on Hagel, said McCain, who is a member of the¬†Senate Armed Services Committee.
Hagel's nomination was likely to go for a vote in the¬†Senate¬†"barring some additional revelation," he said.
"I don't want to put a hold on anybody, but the American people deserve answers about¬†Benghazi. There are so many questions that are still out there, including what was the president doing the night¬†Benghazi¬†happened?" McCain said.