WASHINGTON, D.C.--The nomination to the Secretary of Defense post for former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel could come as early as today. That's already drawing some strong criticism from one Mississippi Republican.
Sen. Roger Wicker Tweeted this weekend that he will strongly oppose Pres. Obama's nomination of Hagel, who is himself a Republican and has two Purple Hearts from Vietnam.
"#ChuckGagel would be a divisive and disastrous niminee for #SecDef. I will strongly oppose," read Wicker's Tweet.
He did not offer an explanation in the Tweet, which had no link. But, other Republicans are opposing Hagel because of what they consider a less than strong stance on Israel.
"He has long severed his ties with the Republican Party," said Sen. Landsey Graham (R-S.C.). "This is an in-you-face nomination by the president to all of us who are supportive of Israel. I don't know what his management experience is regarding the Pentagon, if any. So, I think this a very contraversial choice."
Some, but not all, Democrats support Hagel as a good choice.
"Chuck Hagel...is a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War," said Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "Hagel's resume' includes service on the Foreign Relations Committee, as well as the Intelligence Committee. Yes, he is a serious candidate."
So far, there has been no other indications as to how other Mississippi lawmakers would vote on the possible Hagel confirmation.