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Hagel, McCain clash over Iraq surge

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) began his questioning of defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel by pressing the nominee on his opposition to the 2007 troop surge in Iraq. McCain asked Hagel whether he still believes that the surge was, as Hagel said at the time, "the greatest foreign policy blunder since the Vietnam War."

"I'm not going to give you a yes or no answer," Hagel responded.