Sen. Blumenthal ‘not comfortable yet’ with Hagel nomination for Defense

Sen. Richard BlumenthalRichard BlumenthalOvernight Tech: FCC chief downplays delay to TV box reforms | Lawsuit filed over internet transition | Waze rolls out ridehailing service Anti-trade senators say chamber would be crazy to pass TPP Leahy wants Judiciary hearing on Yahoo MORE (D-Conn.) said on Sunday that he is not ready to support President Obama's nomination of Chuck HagelChuck HagelCreating a future for vets in DC Republicans back Clinton, but will she put them in Pentagon? There's still time for another third-party option MORE for secretary of Defense.

"I'm not comfortable yet," Blumenthal said on "Fox News Sunday." 

Blumenthal, who serves on the Armed Services Committee, said he wants to press Hagel for more information about his views on Iran and Israel.

He predicted that while the Senate will ultimately approve Hagel's nomination, he has reserved judgement until he has an opportunity to hear Hagel's views during his confirmation hearing.

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"I think we've reach a point in this country, unfortunately, where positions are taken on nominees—very dramatic and staunch positions—before they have an opportunity to give their own positions," Blumenthal said.

Sen. Kelly AyotteKelly AyotteGOP senator: Block cash payments to state terror sponsors The Trail 2016: Just a little kick Abortion rights group ads tie vulnerable GOP senators to Trump MORE (R-N.H.), who also appeared on Fox, said she is "very troubled" by Obama's pick of Hagel.

She said she hasn't decided yet how she will vote, but questioned why the president nominated Hagel given his past comments, which she views as soft on Iran and critical of Israel.

Hagel has faced strong opposition from Republicans and pro-Israel groups, who have seized on a remark he once made about the "Jewish lobby" intimidating lawmakers.