Over the next few days we will run a series of posts about Chuck Hagel, refuting the myths that he is anything but a conservative Republican that is willing to work across the isle and be civil.
To frame the discussion, we give you this quote from a post at GOPProgress.com.
In sum, the labels conservative, moderate and libertarian do mean something. But don't buy it when conservatives slam you as a closet liberal because you think that allowing warrantless, unsupervised wiretapping poses a problem for civil liberties, or because you think drilling in ANWR is an inadequate solution to our energy problems, or because you want to see real entitlement reform, and you don't see protecting two little words as being of equal importance.It's a good piece and you may want to read the whole thing. The timing of this series turned out to be excellent as Senator Hagel addressed this issue on Fox News Sunday yesterday morning.
I don't base my analysis and judgment and votes on war, national security, on a party position. I don't think that's the right thing to do. I don't think Americans really want us to do that.
Now, if you look at my record, my voting record — I've been in the Senate 10 years. Do you have any idea what my voting record is in support of the Bush administration position the last six years, the Republican Party? It's about 95 percent over 10 years. My record is about as conservative as any conservative Republican in the United States Senate. It is constantly — the American Conservative Union constantly rates me as one of the highest.
We'll explore Senator Hagel's conservative credentials over the next few days.
So I don't apologize, Chris, to you or anyone else for my position. My conservative credentials are pretty clear.