Charles Timothy "Chuck" Hagel is the senior United States Senator from Nebraska.
After hinting that he would run for President, he has announced that he will not run for reelection in 2008.
Hagel differs from most Republicans in that he is a decorated War Veteran.
The Hagel was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1996 and then reelected in 2002. A comparatively moderate Republican, Hagel was briefly rumored to be in consideration as a running mate for John Kerry in 2004 (during the "let's fake them out by pretending we're considering Republicans" phase of the veep courtship ritual). He has been critical of BushCorp and postulated the need for reinstating a military draft to maintain US defense capability under the demands of BushCorp's wars.
Hagel was born on October 4, 1946.
- "An absolute replay of Vietnam." - referring to the Iraq War, Omaha World Herald.
- "I think we've lost our way. And I think the Republicans are going to be in some jeopardy for that and will be held accountable." Will Lester. "Sen. Hagel Says GOP Has Lost its Way." ABC News. August 20, 2006. News Article
- "There will be no military victory or military solution for Iraq." Washington Post Op-Ed, Nov. 24, 2006
- "You know, I wish Rush Limbaugh and others like that would run for office....They have so much to contribute and so much leadership and they have an answer for everything. And they would be elected overwhelmingly. [The truth is] they try to rip everyone down and make fools of everybody but they don't have any answers."
- "The American people don't like what is going on… they want us to start doing what leaders are expected to do, address the problems, find some consensus to governing. Get along. There will be disagreements, sure… but in the end we can't hold ourselves captives to this raw, partisan, political paralysis."
Chuck Hagel and Electronic Voting
Chuck Hagel has ties to Election Systems & Software (ES&S), which is one of the major players in ballot-counting and electronic voting systems.