Fox News reports:
A member of the Senate committee that Chuck Hagel would have to clear if he's nominated for defense secretary told Fox News in an exclusive interview Thursday that she has "serious" reservations about the former senator's past positions.
The comments from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., a member of the Armed Services Committee, followed concerns expressed by other lawmakers about Hagel's stands on Israel, Cuba and other hot foreign policy topics. Hagel, a Republican who served two terms as senator from Nebraska, is considered a leading contender for the top Pentagon post.
"I do have serious concerns about his positions that he's stated on Israel, some of the statements he has made in the past, as well as his positions on Iran," Ayotte said in a brief interview on Capitol Hill. "If he is nominated and comes before the Senate Armed Services Committee, I plan to vigorously question him on his prior statements, and those positions, in particular."