Hagel Confirmed As Secretary of Defense (with Video & Photos)

By Eric Dutkiewicz

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    President Barack Obama nominated former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., for Secretary of Defense on Jan. 7, 2013.

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February 26, 2013 Updated Oct 30, 2013 at 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON, DC (www.incnow.tv) - Following a contentious confirmation process, former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., was approved Tuesday as Secretary of Defense.

Hagel was confirmed 58 to 41, amidst opposition from fellow Republicans on Hagel's perceived soft stance on Israel and Iranian nuclear development.

Republican senators filibustered a final tally for a week and a half before allowing a vote. Only four Republicans voted for their former colleague.

Hagel, 66, will be sworn into office Wednesday, replacing a retiring Leon Panetta.

Hagel takes over the Department of Defense as it faces billions of dollars in spending cuts in Friday's looming sequester.

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