Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, will oppose President Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary, per a statement released Tuesday.
“Chuck Hagel is a good person, and it was a pleasure to serve with him in the United States Senate. I am so very appreciative of the sacrifices he and his brother made to serve this country during the Vietnam War. We had a very cordial meeting today in which we discussed his nomination.
“Unfortunately, as I told him during our meeting today, we are simply too philosophically opposed on the issues for me to support his nomination.