Sen. Fischer to oppose Hagel

Freshman Sen. Deb FischerDeb FischerSenate sends pipeline safety bill to Obama McConnell warns of Friday work over defense bill US commander in Afghanistan finishing troop plan this week MORE (R-Neb.) said Thursday she would oppose former Sen. Chuck HagelChuck HagelThere's still time for another third-party option Hagel says NATO deployment could spark a new Cold War with Russia Overnight Defense: House panel unveils 5B defense spending bill MORE’s (R-Neb.) confirmation as Defense secretary. 

The decision is hardly a surprise, given Hagel's endorsement last year of a Democrat running against after Fischer for the Senate. 

While Hagel and Fischer are both Republicans from Nebraska, Hagel sided with former Sen. Bob Kerrey in last year's election. 

Fischer cited Hagel's “controversial views” and “confusing and contradictory” testimony at last week’s confirmation hearing in announcing her opposition.

“I understand no one has all the answers or is correct 100 percent of the time,” Fischer wrote in an Omaha World-Herald op-ed.

“But as an elected official, I also believe leadership requires the humility to admit being wrong. By refusing to acknowledge previous miscalculations on fundamental national security questions, Sen. Hagel has failed to instill confidence that he is the right leader for this position.”

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Hagel did receive the support of Nebraska’s senior senator, Sen. Mike JohannsMike JohannsTo buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington Republican senator vows to block nominees over ObamaCare co-ops Revisiting insurance regulatory reform in a post-crisis world MORE (R-Neb.), who endorsed him last week. Johanns became the second Republican to support his nomination.

Fischer is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will vote on Hagel’s nomination before it goes to the full floor.

A vote in the committee was delayed Wednesday after Republicans said they had not received enough information from Hagel about the funding of organizations he was affiliated with and his paid speeches.