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 InhofeWasting America’s nuclear opportunity McCain absence adds to GOP agenda’s uncertainty GOP signals infrastructure bill must wait MORE (R-Okla.).

A dozen Democrats have said they will back Hagel, and one Republican, Sen. Thad CochranWilliam (Thad) Thad CochranGOP senators ask Trump to hold off on Venezuelan oil sanctions Both sides of the aisle agree — telemedicine is the future Overnight Finance: GOP offers measure to repeal arbitration rule | Feds fine Exxon M for Russian sanctions violations | Senate panel sticks with 2017 funding levels for budget | Trump tax nominee advances | Trump unveils first reg agenda MORE (R-Miss.), has also indicated he will vote for Hagel’s confirmation.

— Julian Pecquet contributed.