Chuck Hagel on Principles & Values

Republican Sr Senator (NE)


16 years is enough in the Senate; not running for president

Q: A lot of your supporters say you’re the voice they really need in the Senate right now. Why did you decide to give it up?

A: Well, I have 16 months left on this term. First, I had said even before I was elected in 1996 that 12 years was probably enough. I think it is. There are other ways to make the world better

Q: One of those ways would be to run for president of the United States. Are you ruling that out right now? I just want to be precise on that.

Q: Well, I’ll sign a certification or anything that you want me to sign. I don’t see any circumstance where I would be a candidate for any office next year, including the presidential office.

Q: Because there’s been a lot of speculation, along with Mike Bloomberg. Is that any basis in fact?

A: Well, I have never, along with Mayor Bloomberg, as far as I know, come to any conclusions or worked our way towards that kind of outcome or applied any focus on that. I don’t really see that happening.

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2007 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer , Sep 23, 2007

Third-party candidacies difficult; but we need alternatives

Q: Regarding speculation about NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg: Is there room for a third party candidate running for president of the United States?

A: I don’t know. You know the difficulty of a third-party candidacy, but one of the things that Mike Bloomberg would bring--and I’m not here to promote Bloomberg, but you brought him up--is you have to have financing, and you must have resources. There’s probably $100 million that you would need. I would hope that as we work our way through next year & into 2012 that some alternatives could emerge in the presidential race, and I think that’s where we are tracking here politically in this country. The fact is, when you look at these poll numbers and the disconnect with our country with those of us in Washington, what the people of America are saying, they’ve lost confidence in our leadership, they’ve lost confidence and trust in what we’re doing that we cannot build a consensus to go forward & really resolve the great problems and issues of our time.

Source: CNN Late Edition: 2007 presidential series with Wolf Blitzer , Sep 23, 2007

Voted with Republican Party 79.4% of 311 votes.

Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), was scored by the Washington Post on the percentage of votes on which a lawmaker agrees with the position taken by a majority of his or her party members. The scores do not include missed votes. Their summary:
Voted with Republican Party 79.4% of 311 votes.
Overall, Democrats voted with their party 88.4% of the time, and Republicans voted with their party 81.7% of the time (votes Jan. 8 through Sept. 8, 2007).
Source: Washington Post, “US Congress Votes Database” , Sep 8, 2007

No plans to change party; no current plans to run for prez

Q: In May, you were asked, “Could you see a ticket that had Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Hagel on the same ticket?” Your response, “It’s a great country to think about--a New York boy and a Nebraska boy to be teamed up leading this nation.” Do you want to run for president?

A: I’ll make that decision in the next couple of months. If there might be a place for me along the presidential road somewhere, then I’ll look at that.

Q: Were you to run, would you run as a Republican or as an independent?

A: I have no intention of changing parties. And that doesn’t mean that I don’t think an independent does not have some renewed possibilities next year to be president.

Q: Are you ruling out running as an independent?

A: For right now I am, and what the world looks like next year, I don’t know. But I have no plans to change parties or run for president as an independent.

Q: But you’re leaving both of those options open.

A: You try to keep as many options open for yourself as you can.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series , Jul 8, 2007

Presidential race started absurdly early; need issues focus

Q: [With deciding whether to run for President], what are you waiting for? Because you’ve been looking at this for some time. What dynamic in the race or in events in the world are you waiting to see before making that decision?

A: Two things. One, I do think some of us who hold real jobs now have some responsibility to focus on those jobs. I think this presidential race got started absurdly too early. It’s a sad, sad commentary on our system when the focus is on who can raise the most money, not who is best qualified, who has the best solutions for the future of our country. I wasn’t going to put myself in that situation early on. I think someone should be paying attention to Iraq, should be paying attention to entitlements, to immigration reform, some of the things that we should be focused on. Now, I understand the political realities. I can’t change those. But what I do control in this business, I’ll keep that control.

Source: Meet the Press: 2007 “Meet the Candidates” series , Jul 8, 2007

Offers independent ticket to NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg

While NYC Mayor Bloomberg says he is content running the 5 boroughs, other politicians have higher aspirations for the successful leader. On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Chuck Hagel suggested he and the mayor team up for an independent presidential bid. “I think Mayor Bloomberg should seriously think about this,” Hagel said. “He is the mayor of one of the greatest cities on earth. He makes that city work. That’s what America wants.”

Hagel made the suggestion after sharing a meal with Bloomberg durin the mayor’s most recent visit to Washington. “It’s a great country to think about--a New York boy and a Nebraska boy to be teamed up, leading this nation,” he said.

Bloomberg has said repeatedly he will not enter the presidential race. Nevertheless, Bloomberg has fueled speculation about his ambitions with a schedule that has frequently taken him outside NY. He has also relaunched a Web site, www.mikebloomberg.com, to keep backers abreast of his governmental and philanthropic work, Bloomberg says.

Source: New York Newsday, “US Politics” , May 14, 2007

Sandhills PAC supports 17 Senate & 12 House candidates

Sandhills PAC raises money to directly support Republican candidates in the November 2006 elections.
Source: PAC website, www.SandhillsPac.com, “Welcome” , Dec 1, 2006

90% conservative voting record; 95% support of Pres. Bush

Senator Hagel has one of the most solid conservative voting records in the US Senate. The following are his lifetime ratings from some important organizations:
Source: PAC website, www.SandhillsPac.com, “Welcome” , Dec 1, 2006

Return our culture to values that made America great

In late October 1996, Hagel sent a mass mailing to Nebraskans, asking for their votes and outlining his political philosophy.

In a later paragraph, these words were underlined and boldfaced: "We need to return our culture to the values that have made America great." The values listed were personal responsibility, hard work, self-discipline, honesty, and respect for others, part of Hagel's Nebraska legacy and a nice fit with his conservative political philosophy.

Source: Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by Charlyne Berens, p. 81 , Sep 1, 2006

1979: Married wife Patsy; but divorced by 1982

In 1979, while he was working for Firestone, Hagel married Patricia Lloyd, then the executive director of the National Historic Trust and now with the Johns Hopkins University's Washington program. The couple separated early in 1981 and divorced the following year. "It was a very good person I was married to; it just didn't work," Hagel said. Hagel's brother Mike said he wasn't surprised the marriage didn't last. "Patsy is a great gal," he said. "They were just 2 people who shouldn't have been married to each other." It was an amicable divorce, and the two remain friends.
Source: Chuck Hagel: Moving Forward, by Charlyne Berens, p. 53 , Sep 1, 2006

Finalist on Bush VP list, & interested in presidency

Chuck Hagel was understood to be a finalist on Bush’s vice-presidential list (that is, if Bush was actually considering anyone other than Cheney). The vice-presidential brush, as well as his range--Hagel can do foreign policy & economics as well as politics--had made him a familiar figure on television.

Hagel didn’t set out to sandbag McCain when he first offered [his own CFR proposal in1999 as a compromise]. Unlike McCain, he had an independent streak and hadn’t been especially popular with the Senate Republican leaders; they believed he spoke his mind a bit too much in party conferences.

Hagel saw up close what happened to McCain when he ran against the party structure. If Hagel was to run for national office in the future, he’d have to find a different way. More than one close observer of Hagel--people who like him--began to see his pursuit of his own campaign finance proposal as one that would help him “get well” with the establishment of the Republican Party.

Source: Citizen McCain, by Elizabeth Drew, p. 18 , May 7, 2002

Voted YES on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice.

Vote on the Nomination -- a YES vote would to confirm Samuel A. Alito, Jr., of New Jersey, to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reference: Alito Nomination; Bill PN 1059 ; vote number 2006-002 on Jan 31, 2006

Voted YES on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Vote on the Nomination (Confirmation John G. Roberts, Jr., of Maryland, to be Chief Justice of the United States )
Reference: Supreme Court Nomination of John Roberts; Bill PN 801 ; vote number 2005-245 on Sep 27, 2005

Religious affiliation: Episcopalian.

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Source: Adherents.com web site 00-ADH5 on Nov 7, 2000

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