Graham wants Obama to withdraw Hagel nomination

In the statement, however, Graham does not say that he would filibuster Hagel’s nomination, which is likely the only way that Republicans could stop Hagel’s confirmation at this point.

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Even if Hagel is filibustered in an unprecedented move, there may be enough votes to break the filibuster. Two Republicans have said they will support Hagel, and Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainSenate's defense authorization would set cyber doctrine Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (R-Ariz.) said Monday he was opposed to a filibuster, according to media reports, though he said he was still undecided on the nomination.

It appears highly unlikely that the Obama administration would change directions at this point with Hagel, as no Democratic opposition has formed against him and the party enjoys a 55-45 majority in the Senate.

Graham, McCain and other Republicans already have mounted a campaign that helped scuttle one potential national security nomination for the president’s second term: U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) said this weekend that it was not yet clear whether Hagel’s confirmation would require 51 votes or 60, the number needed to break a filibuster.