When you have the questionable and disturbing foreign policy history Sen. Chuck Hagel has, there is reason to be concerned about appointing him to a position that deals with foreign policy.
Rubio concerned Hagel called U.S. policy on Cuba “outdated, unrealistic, irrelevant.”
President Obama today will nominate former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., for defense secretary, starting what could be a difficult confirmation process on both sides of aisle. Hagel has already been attacked with TV ads over perceived weak support toward Israel and has had to apologize for anti-gay remarks.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has another concern: Hagel’s position on Cuba, which has lined up with others who say sanctions are “outdated, unrealistic, irrelevant policy.” (more on Hagel’s position here)
Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said, “We have a process for nominations, and Senator Rubio won’t prejudge these nominees. Senator Rubio hopes he will be able to meet with Senator Hagel prior to his confirmation vote. We’ll have questions about some of Senator Hagel’s past positions, including sanctions on Iran and promoting democracy in Latin America, since that’s long been a priority for Senator Rubio.”