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January 8th, 2013
10:24 AM ET

Hagel's Fmr. Chief of Staff: 'Astounded' by 'distortion of record' on Israel

Even before President Obama nominated Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary yesterday, the former Republican Senator from Nebraska faced attacks from both sides over past statements on issues including Israel, Iran and gay rights.

Hagel's former chief of staff Mike Buttry, who worked for the Senator from 2000-2008, joins Starting Point this morning to discuss the criticism the nominee has received.

"With regard to the point on Israel, I’ve been astounded by the way that Senator Hagel’s record has been distorted," Buttry says. "This is someone who understands not just in his head, but in his heart, the importance of our relationship with Israel."

Buttry also weighs in on criticism of Hagel's "openly, aggressively gay" comment, remarking, "In our office it did not matter if you were gay or not. What mattered was the work that you did and that’s how he’ll operate in the Pentagon."

soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. joe d

    bend over for AIPAC congress..they got your number you low-life israel first traitors .. 8% approved AIPAC congress are all kumbaya when it comes to the toilet called israel but when it come to Americans, SS, Medicare, Storm Sandy releif they give us the finger...the pigs made it legal to take bribes from dirt-bags in israel, the AIPAC pigs in congress should be hung for treason..they are traitors and by far not A-M-E-R-I-C-A-N-S

    January 8, 2013 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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