Republicans Pledge to Make Chuck Hagel's Confirmation an Uphill Battle

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Several Republican senators voiced their concerns on Sunday about President Obama's expected nomination of former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel for defense secretary over past statements the former Nebraska lawmaker made about Israel and gay rights--hinting Hagel's confirmation would not come without a fight.

On CNN's "State of the Union," South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called Hagel an "in your face" choice by the president.

“Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be the secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of Israel in our nation’s history," Graham said. “Not only has he said you should directly negotiate with Iran, sanctions won’t work, that Israel should directly negotiate with the Hamas organization, a terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into Israel. He also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the European Union that Hezbollah should be designated as a terrorist organization.

"This is an in-your-face nomination by the president," Graham continued. "And it looks like the second term of Barack Obama is going to be an in-your-face term."

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