Powell Defends Obama’s Pick for Defense


powellPresident Obama’s nominee for secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel, received a resounding vote of support today  from a fellow Republican moderate, Colin L. Powell, who said Mr. Hagel, a former senator from Nebraska, was “superbly qualified” to lead the Pentagon.

“I think he will make a very, very spirited defense of his position – and I think he’ll be confirmed,” Mr. Powell, a former secretary of state and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on the NBC News program “Meet the Press.”

Republicans have been criticizing Mr. Hagel since his name began circulating as the possible nominee, and the criticism continued on the Sunday morning political talk shows.

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