Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told the Post's Jennifer Rubin that he would oppose the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) to be secretary of Defense.
Hagel is considered Obama's top choice to succeed Sec. Leon Panetta when he steps down early next year. He has been criticized in recent days by both the right and left for previous remarks on Middle East foreign policy and gay rights. But Cornyn is the first of Hagel's former colleagues to openly reject his nomination.
“I can’t support a Hagel nomination if it comes," Cornyn said. "I’ve heard prominent Democrats concerned about his position on Israel. Many Republicans have said they did not want to prejudge. But it would be a bad move and one of the reasons I’ve taken the position [to oppose]. ‘Mr. President don’t do that. It would be a bad nomination.’”