Sen. Fischer to oppose Hagel

Freshman Sen. Deb FischerDebra (Deb) Strobel FischerUS trade deficit rises on record imports from China Flake, GOP senators to meet with Trump on trade Senate nixes provision boosting conservative college after uproar MORE (R-Neb.) said Thursday she would oppose former Sen. Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelHagel: Trump is 'an embarrassment' Tax cut complete, hawks push for military increase Pentagon documents hundreds of serious misconduct cases against top brass MORE’s (R-Neb.) confirmation as Defense secretary. 

The decision is hardly a surprise, given Hagel's endorsement last year of a Democrat running against after Fischer for the Senate. 

While Hagel and Fischer are both Republicans from Nebraska, Hagel sided with former Sen. Bob Kerrey in last year's election. 

Fischer cited Hagel's “controversial views” and “confusing and contradictory” testimony at last week’s confirmation hearing in announcing her opposition.

“I understand no one has all the answers or is correct 100 percent of the time,” Fischer wrote in an Omaha World-Herald op-ed.

“But as an elected official, I also believe leadership requires the humility to admit being wrong. By refusing to acknowledge previous miscalculations on fundamental national security questions, Sen. Hagel has failed to instill confidence that he is the right leader for this position.”

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Hagel did receive the support of Nebraska’s senior senator, Sen. Mike JohannsMichael (Mike) Owen JohannsFarmers, tax incentives can ease the pain of a smaller farm bill Lobbying World To buy a Swiss company, ChemChina must pass through Washington MORE (R-Neb.), who endorsed him last week. Johanns became the second Republican to support his nomination.

Fischer is also a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will vote on Hagel’s nomination before it goes to the full floor.

A vote in the committee was delayed Wednesday after Republicans said they had not received enough information from Hagel about the funding of organizations he was affiliated with and his paid speeches.