Ahead of his expected Monday nomination for Secretary of Defense, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) endorsed Chuck Hagel for the cabinet position.
Reed said in a statement:
“Chuck Hagel will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense. He is highly qualified and his record of service to this country as a decorated combat veteran, successful CEO, senator, and statesman is extraordinary.
“Chuck is a man of uncommon independence and integrity. Chuck Hagel’s candor, judgment, and expertise will serve him well as our next Secretary of Defense.
“I fully support his confirmation.”
Reed also tweeted his thoughts:
Chuck Hagel is a man of uncommon independence & integrity. His candor, judgment, & expertise will serve him well as #SecDef.— Senator Jack Reed (@SenJackReed) January 7, 2013