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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hagel Discussed by Two Senators, Democrat and Republican: On Hagel's Possible Nomination

Nadene Goldfoot
NBC's Sunday program, Meet the Press had Senator Charles Ellis "Chuck" Schumer, Democrat from New York speak with Senator Rafael Edward "Ted" Cruz, Republican from Texas about the upcoming possible nomination of Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense. The issue basically is how does Hagel feel about Israel and will he defend her when she needs the assistance. Hagel's past record has been very negative towards Israel.

As so many Jews are staunch Democrats, so is Schumer.  He said that he interviewed Hagel personally and asked him the pertinent questions about Israel.  He was most pleased with Hagel's take on Israel's problems and will defend her.

It took Cruz, who had the final say on the program, to bring out that he knows of Hagel's past views concerning Israel  and doesn't trust a sudden turn around at a time of such a nomination.  I think even he is surprised at Schumer's trust, but then politics make friends, and in this case I do not see Schumer ever going against a Democratic president and another Democrat, no matter what his record has been.

Schumer, 62 years old and a Harvard lawyer,  became a senator in 1998 and is Jewish.  Cruz was elected in 2012.  Cruz, whose father is Cuban, is 42 years old and also is a practicing Harvard lawyer. He happens to be a Baptist.  He has attended the U. of Texas in Austin, though and is from Houston.  Ted attended Princeton as well.  "He competed for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society's 's Debate Panel as one of North America's top-ranked parliamentary debaters, winning the top speaker award at both the 1992 U.S. National Debating Championship and the 1992 North American  Debating Championship".   Schumer holds high postions in the Democratic Party.  He has never practiced law as he entered into politics instead.

Resource: Sunday morning Meet the Press, NBC

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