Senator John McCain (R-AZ) told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union” today that despite his personal opposition to the confirmation of former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to the post of Secretary of Defense, he expects Hagel to be confirmed.
“I do not believe that Chuck Hagel, who is a friend of mine, is qualified to be Secretary of Defense, but I do believe that elections have consequences – unfortunately – and the President of the United States was reelected,” McCain said. “The President of the United States deserves an up-or-down vote.”
However, McCain, who has been one of the administration’s fiercest critics over their response to the attack on the United States Embassy in Benghazi last year, and one of the most forceful ambassadors on behalf of keeping the issue alive in the media, signaled that he would make a point of these questions, even to the point of blocking the confirmation of John Brennan for the post of CIA Director.
“Look, I don’t want to put a hold on anybody. But the American people deserve answers about Benghazi. There are so many questions that are still out there, including what was the president doing the night Benghazi happened?” McCain said. “He needs to answer these questions. And they say, why now? It’s the only time we have maximum leverage — that’s just a fact of life around Washington.”
Watch McCain’s segment below, courtesy of CNN: