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Obama stands by Hagel for defense secretary, White House says

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:09 GMT
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WASHINGTON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama stands behind his nominee for defense secretary, former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, and Senate delays in Hagel's confirmation are "unconscionable," a White House spokesman said on Thursday.

Delays in Hagel's nomination do not send a good signal to U.S. allies or troops, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said.

"The president stands strongly behind Senator Hagel," Earnest said. "It does not send a favorable signal for Republicans in the United States Senate to delay a vote on the president's nominee, a nominee who is a member of their own party, to be the Secretary of Defense." (Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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