Former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE), President Obama's nominee to lead the Defense Department, defended his record at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday.
"During the 12 years I had the privilege of serving the people of Nebraska in the United States Senate, I cast over 3,000 votes," Hagel said. "And hundreds of committee votes. I've also given hundreds of interviews and speeches and written a book. So, as you all know, I'm on the record, I'm on the record on many issues. But no one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs or my record. My overall world view has never changed."