If Fischer is an almost definite "no," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.), who spoke before her, is a definite yes. "I look forward to voting for you," he said.
"I didn't ever base my votes on what everybody else thought or did," he said.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has decided to vote against the confirmation of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next decretary of defense.
"I've already said I regret referencing the Jewish lobby," Hagel said. "I should have said pro-Israel lobby. I think it's the only time on the record I've ever said that."
"All men and women deserve the same rights," Hagel said, and enforcing those rights will be a "high priority" for him.
Sen. Claire McCaskill says it's going to take until at least 2017 for the Defense Department to fully audit its accounting books.
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Fla.) asked Chuck Hagel if he was wounded in Vietnam. Hagel said he did not want to dwell on his personal history (he was wounded, by shrapnel) but would instead explain how Vietnam shaped his own world view.
Hagel refuses to answer Sen. John McCain's question about whether he still believes the surge of U.S. troops in Iraq was a mistake
Former allies are now sparring in Hagel's confirmation
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who opened by arguing that Chuck Hagel's views are far outside the mainstream, questioned the former Nebraska senator aggressively on Iran, Israel, and nuclear weapons.