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Senator and half have been from the outset uneasy about -- stance on Iran in particular.
The senator from Oklahoma defended fellow Republican senator Ted Cruz.
-- against democratic criticism when he questioned whether or not -- -- received money from radical or extreme groups and their supporters such as Iran.
Judge what -- make one observation.
Prince senator Nelson lose I think -- you know the words.
-- -- therefore implying.
That Chuck Hagel was cozy with terrorists type countries referring to Iran.
Only say it.
Now -- I'd say he's endorsed.
You can't unique -- years.
Because cloture was filed successfully senate rules require up to thirty hours of debate before a -- Democrats will need sixty votes to end that debate on Friday if they -- to win those votes bagels nomination is effectively in limbo.
Joining us now is senator James and the ranking member of the arms services committee.
Member on the committee on environment and public works as -- and senator good to have you -- this you and senator Reid the majority leader.
Are failing to come to terms on -- hold.
Susan Collins withdrawing her support now we've got a sixty vote threshold for the first time ever for a Defense Secretary.
Is this what you want.
Well first provide hope you're right it is because the last time I heard senator Collins was going to support.
-- -- If you're right that makes a huge difference in where we are today that let me correct something should that you said it of course you're -- Senator -- this is not the first time in history this -- happen it happens all the time in on the floor today in the -- I talk about Kathleen civilians.
He did he -- She did the same exact thing happened in when Harry Reid back on the Republican side.
He it is Dirk Kempthorne was what -- that he.
Demanded to have.
A sixty vote threshold.
And remember Bryson John Bryson secretary of commerce.
He was required to have the sixty -- so this is not even a filibuster this just saying.
We're gonna you're gonna have to file cloture in order to get this on the floor for a vote that's a sixty.
Vote threshold in -- -- that happens all the time.
Not the first time for Defense Secretary -- believe was the majority leaders point.
And and aside from that I I know you all on the senator fascinated by your arcane rules and procedures.
By which you of course who do you must observe.
For the rest of us who -- out here you know in the in the area.
The -- rest of this country.
A word weird kind of interested in whether or not you're pleased with where we are with whether or not you'd think an eagle will ultimately win.
Okay this first of all let me -- senator cruise is -- senators that he got on the armed services committee -- their ranking member as you pointed out.
It all he wants is -- information he's been asking for for several weeks.
Having to do this beaches that hateful made to foreign groups and how much when he got from the -- groups that nature of the speeches.
Perfectly legitimate I don't think they're -- any person listening do you -- right now Lou who wouldn't think that's a reasonable request.
He's been denied he's been stonewalled and that's all he wants and that's their other mirror to a other -- that that's the main thing right now.
He's entitled to this information and I think the American people are entitled to know what he's asking for.
That's very -- but I have other reasons why I have opposed.
Senator hagel and I made those very clear several weeks ago I was at first when -- cannot say I love the guy -- great man.
If -- -- -- job in the Vietnam War but.
He is got problems and the global zero movement.
Now that's an anti -- movement which means as all of these countries are developing -- nuclear.
Such as North Korea look what happened just the other day.
Such as -- -- Certainly.
All of these countries are doing it it's not like it was back in the days of the Cold War -- only the USSR and we have that capability.
That's when these ideas starting now there's this great big thing about we want a nuclear.
World well that's what Obama wants and that's what this guy wants to so we have all of these things that have happened in the past where he has been.
Doesn't think the other members have been so there's a lot of reasons to oppose it and those are my reasons but.
Senator cruise is entitled to what he's asking for and I think we should -- you know we can't yet.
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