Rep. Tom Cotton Opposes Pres. Obama Nominee
Arkansas freshman representative Tom Cotton, a Republican just elected to his first term of office, spoke out against Chuck Hagel, expected to be Pres. Barack Obama’s nominee as secretary of defense Monday.
Cotton served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and wrote an op-ed column that ran in the Wall Street Journal in December that opposed Hagel’s expected nomination. Hagel served two terms as a Republican senator from Nebraska and earned two Purple Hearts in Vietnam.
Cotton, as a member of the House of Representatives, does not have a vote in whether Hagel is approved since presidential nominees are voted on in the Senate.
“I would vote against him,” Cotton said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I’m disappointed the president’s nominated Mr. Hagel, and I’ve urged the Senate to oppose that nomination. Mr. Hagel came out against the surge the week that I returned from Iraq in 2006, said the war couldn’t be won. No one had told us that when we were fighting it in 2006. He delayed emergency funding for the troops in 2007. Even after the surge succeeded in 2008, he still said that it wasn’t because of the troops addition.
“When you add that to his dangerous views on Iran and Hezbollah and Hamas and terrorism, as well as his strange hostility towards Israel, I think the Senate should oppose Mr. Hagel as secretary of defense. There are many other qualified Democratic defense professionals who the president could nominate.”