Following a confirmation hearing that did little to ease doubts, New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte told Fox and Friends that she was leaning against voting of confirming former Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense.
“I am really, deeply concerned about what I saw last week,” she stated. “It was shocking to me when he was asked about our policy toward Iran, one of the fundamental threats to our country, that he didn’t know our policy was not containment.”
Below is a tweet from the Washington Free Beacon linking to video of Ayotte’s remarks:
VIDEO: Ayotte Leans No on Hagel Nom goo.gl/eAlfQ
— Wash. Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) February 6, 2013
As NH Journal previously reported, the senator herself grilled Hagel on Iran and nuclear disarmament, among other topics, at the hearing.