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Sen. Reed endorses Hagel for Secretary of Defense

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Dee DeQuattro

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is applauding a controversial appointment by President Barack Obama.

Reed released a statement on Monday where he endorsed Obama's decision to appoint Chuck Hagel to the post of Secretary of Defense. "Chuck Hagel will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense.  He is highly qualified and his record of service to this country as a decorated combat veteran, successful CEO, senator, and statesman is extraordinary," said Reed in a statement.

He continued, "Chuck is a man of uncommon independence and integrity.  Chuck Hagel's candor, judgment, and expertise will serve him well as our next Secretary of Defense.

Hagel is a former Republican Senator from Nebraska who was harshly criticized in 1998 for making a comment that was deemed insensitive to the gay community.

Reed was considered to be on the short list for Secretary of Defense but made it clear early on he was not interested in the position. He currently is the chairman of the Armed Services committee.

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