(KPTM) - It's no secret that Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel has long been a critic of the Bush Administration's strategy in Iraq. Now, that criticism could result in an endorsement for an unlikely candidate.
On MSNBC, FOX and Comedy Central, Hagel continued to voice his opinion that the war has become a "quagmire".
On FOX News Channel's Hannity and Colmes, Hagel voiced his displeasure at what he calls the Bush Administration's quick push to invade Iraq.
Hagel says that Bush should have allowed international inspectors to finish their search for weapons of mass destruction, which he says Bush and other senior officials told him would happen.
Hagel says that was not the case, and that the administration misrepresented themselves. "I would say this, that his administration certainly misrepresented, starting with the fact when we were told, many of us, including me, that this administration had not made a decision to go to war," Hagel says. "At the time of the resolution vote in October of 2002, in fact, now we know that that is just not true."
On MSNBC Monday morning, Hagel was asked if he would endorse GOP presidential nominee John McCain. "John McCain is a very good friend," Hagel says, "but he and I obviously have some very significant differences on Iraq, on some other things. I may not endorse anyone."
Hagel has also been asked numerous times if he would cross party lines to back current Democratic front-runner Barack Obama. "It's possible, but I don't see that happening," Hagel says. "My endorsement is irrelevant anyway for the success of any candidate."
There is speculation out in the political spectrum that goes so far as to suggest that Hagel could end up as Obama's running mate, speculation Hagel dismisses and many political experts see as unlikely.
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