After President Obama nominated former Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) issued the following statement:
"I have great respect for Senator Hagel's service to this country during the Vietnam War and am thankful to him for risking his life in the defense of freedom. I do have concerns about Senator Hagel's nomination, specifically regarding his views on Israel and Iran. I look forward to hearing Senator Hagel expand on and explain my and my fellow Senators' concerns during the confirmation process," said Senator Dean Heller.