Rubio says he will vote against Hagel

“These are big, big problems. For those reasons I just don’t believe I will be able to support his nomination, especially after his testimony in the last hour here really [has not addressed] those concerns to my satisfaction,” said Rubio, who does not get to question Hagel Thursday because he's not on the Armed Services Committee.  

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Rubio is the eighth Republican who has said promised a vote against Hagel, a list that includes three senators who are grilling Hagel during his confirmation hearing, including the top Armed Services Republican, Sen. James InhofeJames InhofeTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations Optimism rising for infrastructure deal Repeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate MORE (R-Okla.).

A dozen Democrats have said they will back Hagel, and one Republican, Sen. Thad CochranThad CochranPicking 2018 candidates pits McConnell vs. GOP groups Overnight Defense: FBI chief confirms Trump campaign, Russia probe | Senators push for Afghan visas | Problems persist at veterans' suicide hotline Senators ask to include visas for Afghans in spending bill MORE (R-Miss.), has also indicated he will vote for Hagel’s confirmation.

— Julian Pecquet contributed.