Cornyn: Closed Door Meetings, Retraction Letters Can't Erase Hagel's Record

Statement

By:  John Cornyn
Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Location: Austin, TX

Today U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) issued the following statement regarding the nomination of Sen. Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense:

"No closed-door White House meeting with a single Senator or a letter can erase a problematic 12-year Senate record and many troubling public statements from Sen. Hagel.

"Retractions of long-held positions raise serious questions about where Sen. Hagel stands on critical issues of national defense. Our nation and our men and women in uniform need a Secretary of Defense who says what he means and means what he says."