Republican Senator Chuck Hagel says he’d consider running with Obama if he was asked.
Local 10 reported:
Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said he’d consider an offer to serve as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s running mate, if asked.
But the Nebraska lawmaker told The Associated Press he and Obama have differences. He said whoever the next president is, he will “have to bring this country together.”
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Hagel has expressed vocal criticism of the Bush administration since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
On a visit to Kurdish Iraq in 2002 Senator Chuck Hagel assured the Kurds that the United States, which patrols the skies above the Kurdish areas, would not forget them in planning for a government after Saddam. Hagel said:
“The most challenging phase will likely be the day after — or, more accurately, the decade after — Saddam Hussein… The coalition forces will remain in large numbers to stabilize Iraq and support a civilian administration. That presence will be necessary for several years.”
Unfortunately, Hagel voted against funding the war in 2007, not quite a decade after the invasion.