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Even before President Barack Obama had nominated Chuck Hagel as his new Secretary of Defense, many Republicans were making it very clear that they would oppose Hagel’s appointment. Although Hagel served two terms as a Republican senator from Nebraska, his decision to join the Obama administration “severed his ties with the Republican Party,” as Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) put it.
In the past, however, many of the very same Republicans who now hope to block Hagel’s nomination showered him with effusive praise. Here are five Republicans who were for Hagel — before they were against him: