Be sure to check out the full article. I also liked the part about his 8th grade son recently introducing him to YouTube.
Hagel said in a wide-ranging interview this week that he is discussing his options with his family and other confidants and will make a decision in the next six weeks.
He said one possibility is forming a presidential exploratory committee and -- despite his outcast position within his party -- seeking the Republican nomination. Or he may seek a third Senate term. Then again, he might take a more creative path.
An Internet "draft Hagel" movement has formed, and even die-hard liberals admit they find him appealing.
Earlier in their careers, McCain, 70, and Hagel, 60, were viewed as rising Republican stars, two plain-spoken outsiders with gritty military résumés. After losing to Bush in the 2000 GOP nomination battle, McCain greatly enhanced his stature inside the party by embracing Bush's Iraq policy. Meanwhile, Hagel, an early and persistent critic of the invasion, grew more estranged.
"He's held his view for a long time and I've held mine for a long time, so it's not as if we suddenly find ourselves on the opposite side of the issue," McCain said of Hagel. "I respect his views. I maintain my strong affection and respect for him."Hagel warned against military action long before the Iraq invasion, but despite his trepidations, he supported a Senate resolution authorizing the war. He has since renounced his vote and has been trying to atone for it ever since.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Washington Post: Hagel Ponders White House Run
Our grassroots movement got a mention in today's Washington Post! Check out the (front page) article, "Hagel Ponders White House Run As War Criticism Raises His Profile" on the Post's site. Chuck Hagel has been thinking about running for President for a few years now, but as their article indicates, he may have a greater shot at it given the events of the last couple of months. Here are some excerpts from the article: