Rand Paul is 1 of 4 Republicans who voted to confirm Chuck Hagel…Why?

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Controversial Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel was confirmed by the Senate yesterday by a 58-41 vote as America’s new Secretary of Defense. Only four Republican Senators voted yes to confirm him, one of them was Rand Paul.

TheBlaze.com reports that the vote did come as a surprise to many, not just because of his conservatism, but because he also voted AGAINST cloture before voting FOR the confirmation.

This morning on radio, Glenn was less than pleased to hear the news. However, Paul being one of the few staunch Constitutional conservatives left in Congress, Glenn wanted to hear his reasoning before making an opinion on his vote.

“I’d love to hear his explanation. I’d like to know why. Here’s a reasonable guy…a reasonable guy that we believe in,” Glenn said explaining that he wanted to hear him out.

The vote didn’t go unnoticed, Pat pointed out. The Senator received a lot of heat on Twitter over his vote.

 

 

 

Glenn emphasized that, “the State Department is one of the biggest things we have wrong with this country right now. Are our guys guided by their principals? What are the principles that Rand Paul that allowed him to vote for Chuck Hagel?”

We’ll find out tomorrow, because later in the show Paul’s office responded and he’ll be joining the radio program tomorrow morning to discuss his vote. Glenn noted that he plans to go in depth on the reasoning behind his vote because there is another confirmation coming up in the Senate that Glenn has Glenn concerned: John Brennan.

Senator Paul has been very vocal about his stance on Brennan. Glenn noted that on three different occasions Rand Paul has reached out to Brennan about his stance on drones.

“He [Senator Paul] has sent John Brennan three letters — three times since January 25th: ”Do you believe that the President has the power to authorize legal forces, such as a drone strike, at a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil and without trial? I believe the only acceptable answer is no,” Glenn said.

Senator Paul has yet to receive an answer.

“Now the question is, If he’s just approved Hagel, who he disagrees with, because of advice and consent and the Constitution, will he also send Brenan in?” Glenn asked. “Or is there a stand here?”

Make sure to tune in tomorrow when Senator Rand Paul calls in to get his answer. Listen FREE on TheBlaze Radio or watch on TheBlaze TV.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    We shall see what happens with Rand Paul; hopefully he will take a stand for what is right and not what the party wants to have happen. If he is absorbed by the system then as with others of the same ilk, he needs to go.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    I am going to wait and see what he says but I am having one of those what in the hell was he thinking moments. Sometimes I wish he had the same back bone as his father. I might disagree with the man on a few issues but at least he has the back bone to stand for something but I rest because I want to hear the why before I take him to task.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    For me I just sitting hear saying he has a lot of explaining to do because what he did shook a lot of credibility from him. I hope he has a logical explanation for it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=642605622 Francisco Javier Bravo

    like father like son, Ron is an anti- Semite.

  • Anonymous

    So, like, how’s that knife in the back thing doing there, Glenn? You get it out yet? Shit on again!

  • Anonymous

    “Needs to go”? You mean, like, if you ever get anyone to vote for ya ever again, right?

  • Anonymous

    You betcha, the Pauls hate Israel, wakee wakee time GlenN!!!!!

  • Anonymous

     the idea that the president should have leeway on who he chooses to be his adviser makes a lot of sense.  most confirmation hearings are formalities and are just opportunities for politicians to get their names in the news.

  • Chris Babieracki

    There are so many uninformed, reactionary comments about this vote by Rand Paul. Yes, Hagel was subpar but if he was discarded you would have likely got someone much worse. That’s what’s being missed in all this fabricated hysteria. Paul made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t going to obstruct the President’s choices when he and his colleages had NO LEVERAGE. Get that through your thick skulls!!!

  • Chris Babieracki

    Do you really beleive he is an anti-Semite???? That is an extremely serious charge to level. Paul supports Israel to exercise it’s sovereignty if it feels it has to defend itself and has gone on the record stating that in a Six Day War scenario the U.S. is obliged to intervene.  That sure sounds like a bile spewing anti-semite to me.

  • http://www.tavernkeepers.com/ John Daniels

    Any chance this was to appease his father once it was apparent that the approval was going to happen anyway?  I wouldn’t think he would do that, but then again it would probably make visiting grandpa easier….

  • http://www.facebook.com/doris.shipley1 Doris Shipley

    He is off my list of wanting him for anything.

  • http://twitter.com/acenypdretired Al C

    You cant trust anyone in politics today. Its time for a revolt and replace them.

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul likely shares the antipathy for Israel with his father and Hagel.

  • http://twitter.com/albanach68 Thomas Wells

    While Rand Paul voting for Hagel is more than dissapointing, the bigger issue we have looming is the attack on the 2nd Amendment by the gun grabbing left and there lackeys in the Republican Congress. I ask GB, is he as outraged by the stances of the candidate he sold everyone on as being a true conservative, Jeff flake AZ? He is front and center on gun grabbing, amnesty for illegal aliens and every other bad idea coming out of Washington DC. GB sold everyone a bad deal with his ringing endorsement of Flake, not really to happy with Beck for this one. Anyone who looked closely at Flake knew what he was going to be like in the Senate. Thanks Beck

  • Anonymous

    Yes, I would love to hear his reasoning on this.  Could be he knows something the other Republicans don’t.  Maybe he had a valid reason.

  • Mike Barnes

    See Kim’s tweet above. Excellent. And using Rand Paul’s logic, if Obama nominated the Blind Sheik, he’d have to vote to confirm him. Dementia must run in the family, Rand Paul is proving to be as whacky as his Pop when it comes to foreign policy.

  • JellyRollCoco

    It dawned on me, when Obama brings his nominees for Supreme Court up for confirmation, which battle would you like the conservatives to win? I believe they are choosing their battles and which ones they would rather put up a big fight for confirmation. One that would change with the administration, or one that requires a resignation or death? I’d rather they focus their efforts on preventing a progressive nominee from the bench.

  • Mike Barnes

    Why is it either/or?

  • http://www.speakthewordnow.com Karen Rose

    We may have a big surprise with Rand Paul…he is not stupid.

  • Mike Barnes

    fervent1 you may have hit the nail on the head.

  • Mike Barnes

    I agree Mr. Wells!

  • Guest

    Freedom of speech protects liars like Beck. Freedom of the press protects truth-tellers like CNN and NBC.

  • Anonymous

     That idea makes a lot of sense if the president has his oath and the good of the country at heart when selecting advisers. If that isn’t deemed to be true then, formality or not, those with the shared power have a responsibility to protect the Constitution, and us, by blocking that choice. Otherwise, business as usual in DC…form without function.

  • Anonymous

    The ONLY reason I’d accept for Ran Paul to vote for Hagel was if he had gotten a promise written in blood from Obama that Obamacare would be fully rescinded. And even at that, I’d belittle Paul for believing such a promise from Obama. Heck, there is no valid reason. So much for thoughts that Rand was Presidential quality. Appears that coming in contact with the likes of McCain and Lindsey Graham brings on brain fever.

  • mary

    Chuck Hagel is a real veteran.  He wants to avoid future wars, as he’s seen what they do to combat veterans and the people in the other country we are fighting against.  The USA manufactures most reasons we go to war.  Hagel is refreshing and right on point.  Unfortunately, the leaders of Israel have control over most of our politicians.  Quick history lesson: In the 1950′s, the USA took control of Iran by overthrowing a democratically-elected President and inserting a puppet regime.  How many Americans know this, are taught this, or are motivated enough to know the truth and do some research?  Quit with the knee-jerk reactions and learn the real truth about important events and topics that affect our lives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549970585 Stacy Mack

    Rand Paul is SCUM…..just like the remaining treasonous elected pukes!  Its LONG past time Americans RISE!  RISE!  TAKE THIS REPUBLIC BACK!  BECAUSE WE ARE LOSING…I SUSPECT LOST!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549970585 Stacy Mack

    Rubio is another SCUM sucking amnesty PIG! OFF WITH ALL THEIR HEADS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Barry-Levy/1091577549 Barry Levy

    there is a point where elections have consequences, and the president should get his nominees, that has to be balanced with advise and consent.

    Having said that, it is hard to understand that this is the best and brightest that this country deserves.

  • Anonymous

     How does ANY use of judgement have ANYTHING to do with his choices when he obviously has such a problem telling the truth??

  • Anonymous

    it’s sad to discover that the heroes you once believed in are nothing more than politicians after all. 

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul is no better than the rest of the RHINO’S is Washington even thought he’s a new comer to Washington. This goes to show you can not trust or count on any elected official that has been elected by the people.

  • faxxmaxx

    His answer makes no sense as a No vote would have had no impact on Hagel’s confirmation. I no longer have faith in Paul. Now he’s just like the rest of them, and can’t be taken at his word. Another disappointment by the Right.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Scott-Bashaw/1066839458 Scott Bashaw

    Guess we cant trust anyone in Government,…its well past time “we the people” take our Government back,….I say throw them all out and start over

  • faxxmaxx

    His vote was meaningless either way. Why then break your word and vote for the antisemitic senator? If he would have voted NO, I’d still be behind him. Now, he’s just another lying liar.

  • sparducks

     I think everyone has just about heard enough from you, coward. This line is as stale as your attitude. I’m sure you never bathe or change your underwear and that would explain the nauseating endless pap that you spew on these pages. It would really be nice if you would go ahead an abort yourself with some barbituates and alchohol. Or Just stick a loaded .357 in your mouth and pull the trigger.

  • JellyRollCoco

    It’s either/or because of who the democrats are and how they maneuver in DC. To put up a big fight over two men who would leave with this administration would weaken their ability to stand their ground over judicial nominees. Plus with a year before the next round of political jousting, it wouldn’t hurt to watch the administration self destruct by their own hand. They will eventually step in the doodie and start to smell bad even to their own constituents. The country is screwed anyway, so who cares, they will get what they all deserve.

  • Anonymous

    Now this administration is openly and in all levels indecent. USA is living a tragedy… adding the betray of his “political class”. 

  • Anonymous

    If we have the House of Reps. controlled by the GOP and they are a bunch of spineless jellyfish, what good are they??  They strike me as being completely gutless, or is it that they are progressives too just like thier fellow dems.

  • Ronald Satz

    I, too, am dismayed with Rand Paul.  I thought he was much better than his father.

  • sparducks

     And every man’s vote is his own. If they wanna be re-elected vote no. And so if it’s just a formality how come every time a republican president puts up justice for confirmation every democrat in the senate is standing in line with their portion of rectal probing prior to their NO vote? You are full of crap. I think the whole lot of conservatives hear have had enough shit shoveled at us to call BULLCRAP!!!!!!! This is why Rand and Ron cannot be trusted with the reins of power. To me this is about their (the Pauls)propensity to swallow all of the conspiracy theory hogwash about Zionism and the Jews running the world. All I ever see is Israel bending over backwards to avoid war. If we were to suffer the attacks Israel has our enemies would be smoldering piles of radioactive ash.

  • faxxmaxx

    Oh please! The GOP have zero record and will continue to be lapdogs for Obama’s agenda. They are great with bluster, but even I know their bluster is all show. Don’t hold your breath.

  • Anonymous

    Rand let us down with the Hagel vote. Right now the only one really standing his/her ground on our side is Ted Cruz. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/elaine.humphrey.144 Elaine Humphrey

    Glenn, I think you have to run….there is no one who says what they mean, and means what they say….

  • Dennis Opihory

    what a weasel.  and those are the same weasel words that graham used.  another one bites the dust.  have lost all respect for him 

  • Anonymous

    Mary , I hate to say it but you are delusional. Hagel is a horrible choice, but what more could we expect from the do nothing idiot that is his boss now. I’d rather have our friends be Israeli’s any day over the the Muslims, whose own “holy” books tells them to lie and kill. Mary, you can dislike the Jews all you want but you better start learning about Islam. Islam is a cult of Death wrapped around an ideology of oppression and Barack was a practicing Muslim for 8 yrs of his youth, the most influential time for a young mind. Do your research, them tell me how bad the Jews are. 

  • Ron Staiger

    I guess Rand is just as nuts as his father.  Too bad but he is as politically dead to me as the butt kissing Chris Christie 

  • Anonymous

    If the Pres gets leadway with his picks..why bother doing hearings..its a big waste of time!

  • Anonymous

    It’s always disappointing when something does not go the way some believe it should.  Personally, I believe Chuck Hagel is an exceptional choice for this position.  I do hope he can stand up for what he knows is correct and not be influenced by the Israeli mafia.  Last I looked, and Yes–I double checked this one…Israel is not a state in the United States of America!  Rand Paul may not vote the way some here think he should, but time will tell whether he made the correct decision.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cas-Dee/1051060328 Cas Dee

    WHY DOES THE SENATE VOTE, IF THE PRES. SHOULD HAVE HIS PICK?

  • Anonymous

    Please ask Rand Paul and the other 3 Republicans who voted “yes” what convinced them that Chuck Hagel was qualified or capable of becoming the Secretary of the Department of Defense? 
    Here’s my take.  If the administration was not willing to release all the videos or speeches that Mr. Hagel has made  for the cause of discovery, just what are ALL the views of Mr. Hagel? 
    I would call it stonewalling.  Much the same way that Nancy Pelosi made the claim,” pass it and you’ll then find out what is in the health care bill”.  Is that the same fate this time?. Give the man a pass and we’ll then see what he is all about?
     
    Second Chuck Hagel from his biography was an E-5.  I believe that the enlisted men are the backbone of the military.  I support them and have for years.  Our family has served honorably since World War I.  I have two great uncles, one Truman’s sergeant and one severaly wounded in Europe both WWI.  Then two uncles one taken POW in the Phiippines in 1942 and later killed after the unmarked Japanese slave ship he was on heading for Toyoko in 1944 was bombed and only a handful survived.The other killed in an airplane incident in the Battle of Okinawa. My third uncle served in Europe  as an Army doctor and my aunt as an Army nurse, my father as a Navy pilot and instructor and my first husband as a navigator in the Air Force.  I was an airline hostess with a company under MAC contract taking troops to Vietnam and many came  home again, many did not. My husband now was an enlisted man.
     
    I know enough about rank and chain of command to know that it will be a difficult pill to swallow for Admirals and Generals to listen to someone who served two years in the military and never headed a vital industry as CEO.  Two Purple Hearts are awards that were painfully won and I am not denigrating Mr. Hagel’s  service.  But there are a multitude  of others who have also received Purple Hearts.  There is not an accurate count that I can ascertain from any war or particular service. Just that there are thousands who have received this particular award.
     
    This brings me to my last point, at a time when Israel is surrounded by a multiple of enemies and all with the determination  to see her annihilated from the face of the earth, and she who has been our ally since Harry Truman was President and we share the Judeo-Christian heritage with that nation and we are forewarned  by the Words in the Bible not to turn our back on Israel, it sickens me to think of the displeasure the Lord God Almighty must have at the decision made yesterday. Men who have served, as John McCain did and Lindsey Graham may still and those others who have military service in their biographies, should have stood up Democrat and Republican alike and stood their ground and adamently voted “NO”  This was not a decision to be made along party lines but an American decision.  I don’t care who the President nominates… If that person is not good for America, and also not good for Israel, NO ONE should vote for him or her.  We are supposed to be all Americans first.  No one would  know if from the vote yesterday. And there are more people  to come before committees to form the President’s cabinet and later perhaps to take positions on the Supreme Court. Where is the courage, spine, backbone, righteousness  among the United States Congress? I have to ask, does it exist?
     
    The miitary personnel  are those called upon to  defend this nation. from enemies ourside our borders and those from within. They  are dependent upon the govenrment  doing  right by them not allowing them to become politcal pawns in a disastrous game of politics.  They often pay with their lives as in the case of Benghazi and the Seals who took the hit in the Chinook helicopter and how many other times when reason did not prevail in the decisions made in WASHINGTON.
     
    In case you cannot tell, I am one angry American woman who believes that our military, officers and enlisted personnel, deserve much better than this and our children and grandchildren for the future they will face.  They in fact deserve the BEST America has to offer. I have changed the “God bless America”  slogan to “America, Bless God”.  It boils down to REPENT and OBEY. or we are not going to make it as a nation.  Shame on all who voted “yes” yesterday …and who forsook Israel and our men and women in uniform and those young people who will now face an even more difficult future.
     .
    ForHopeagain
     
     

  • Anonymous

    Any one of you that thought, Rand Paul, Rubio, Trowdy, Issa, Kyl, Allen West, Pam Bondi, Connelly, McCain, Eric Cantor, and alike were for YOU….have a BIG hole in your head!

    No one listen a year before the election some of us tried to warn YOU but, oh NO most of you were ALL saying “let’s vote them out”, “lets do it in the voting booth” My God, Good Grief wake ALL the way up stupidity is why were in this condition today!

    Let me repeat myself …”NO ELECTED OFFICIAL IS FOR THE PEOPLE OR THE GOOD OF OUR COUNTRY” and ” MY VOTE MEANS NOTHING WHEN THERE’S SO MUCH FRAUD” If I’m wrong then why did the out of control voter fraud I mean broke the scale voter fraud, off the charts voter fraud be permitted to this day?  Stop making excuses for ANY of them, come to the table now with your common sense.

    I like Fox news BUT…check out REALLY check out the congressman/women they have on their shows everyday….look at them drugs, money, and power lie after lie stop making excuses for them! And don’t tell me that they DO NOT do these kinds of things….wake up!

    And for you that are getting upset for what I wrote here I’d like you to go back in time read, watch every interview with each one of the people I mentioned here and listen to them again then match that up with what they have done….NOTHING!  They are using pacifiers on you all..

    HAVE THEY ALL NOT PROVED TO PEOPLE YET WHO AND WHAT THEY REALLY STAND FOR? For God’s sake people WE permit this to go on, is there not that many suffering from this?

    Greta on Fox is the worst for having these liars and thieves on her show on a daily basis, now  why would you support this, oh,maybe to hear oh he’s changed oh I like him, oh he’s going to help the people….now think real hard….where are you at now today in your lives,how are you doing with all their promises they made you, has a family member lost their jobs, home foreclosure, on food stamps
    what about F & F they all promised not to rest until someone was brought to justice just last summer, what about the dead American’s in Bengazi and their families, daughters & sons without their parent, what about the navy seals team 6, what about I’m not going to rest until obamacare is overturned because it’s unconstitutional, I could go on for hours with “what about’s” but,you get it where are we today did any of their promises amount to anything or has time healed our wounds??
    Whether rich or poor life is NOT going to be getting any better so what do you say and think people are you ready to come back into reality?

    Fight back with not supporting any of these entities…corporations, hollyweird, actors/producers, etc., The best thing we can do NOW is with every push we have to push back but, it won’t do any good unless it’s ALL of us like millions of us on the same page.  Push back in masses make some noise don’t stop every time you’re shoved, push back harder  and even louder!
    Time to get up, stand up and push the hell back!

  • http://profiles.google.com/johned46 John Kapler

    Sorry Mr Beck, Mr Paul has no excuse, whatever he says is pure Bunk! He has an obligation to do his Constitutional duty and determine whether a candidate for a cabinet posiion is qualified and will perform their duties in the best interests of his country.Hagel demonstrated a flawed resume and was extremely disappointing during the Senate confirmation hearings.. I can state emphatically, if a person performed as bad as Hagel did in an interview within the private sector, that individual would not have a chance in hell of being hired!

  • http://profiles.google.com/johned46 John Kapler

    Sorry Mr Beck, Mr Paul has no excuse, whatever he says is pure Bunk! He has an obligation to do his Constitutional duty and determine whether a candidate for a cabinet posiion is qualified and will perform their duties in the best interests of his country.Hagel demonstrated a flawed resume and was extremely disappointing during the Senate confirmation hearings.. I can state emphatically, if a person performed as bad as Hagel did in an interview within the private sector, that individual would not have a chance in hell of being hired!

  • Anonymous

    We need need a Department of Israel to protect the most important piece of land and secular government on Earth. 

  • Anonymous

    We need need a Department of Israel to protect the most important piece of land and secular government on Earth. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow, you completely ignored what she said and responded with lots of straw and ad-hominem attacks instead. I don’t think mary mentioned “the Jews” once in her post!  And yet you’re saying she hates the Jews just because she referenced a historical fact about Iran and the US in the ’50′s?  What prompted you to go off like this?

  • Anonymous

    They do that b/c it gets them on tv and it looks good for getting re-elected. I think it was more principled of Rand to say yeah the president should have the advisers he wants as long as their not criminals (or wherever rand drew the line for himself).

  • Anonymous

    People should support Rand Paul and not look to undermine him overtime there is a disagreement. Rand Paul is someone who can bridge the gap between Republicans and Libertarians if you allow him too. If you do not allow him to you are giving away the country to the leftest by being too critical and not being able to rally around one candidate and feel good about him. Rob Johnson and Ron Paul cannot relate to 98% of the voting public.Traveling down that path is nothing more than political martyrdom and will only make you feel good about yourself and nothing else. Libertarians have to give a little or go down with their ideological ship which they seem so fond of and ready to do.

  • fabdoire

    Rand is like all the others in the big DC building full of little sheople - bows to the little o – and cowers in a corner.  He talks a good game – but like little o – watch how he votes folks – that will tell you all you have to know!

  • Anonymous

    I am very anxious to hear what he has to say..I can not imagine he has a defense that most of us will agree with?

  • John Beam

    Rand Paul and the whole of the GOP are dead to me.  There is no hope for the country as far as elected folks are concerned.  They are ALL corrupt, and I’m completely through with Washington, DC.  It’s up to individual states to fix this enormous, ruinous mess.

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul is the last hope for people like Beck, so expect Beck to find a way to justify Rand’s vote. 

  • John Beam

    I don’t think so.  If Paul spews BS about his vote for Hagel, then Beck will call him out on it.  If he doesn’t, then it will destroy HIS credibility.

  • jen

    Rand has explained himself and I think he did a good job of it – he said that he has always said that the president has leeway in choosing his political appointees.  He said that he doesn’t agree with Kerry on many things just like he does not agree with Hagel on many things, but he also confirmed Kerry.

    And he has been on numerous programs and sites that say that his efforts are more into challenging Brennan nomination bec he is advocating secret drones in US skies and not allowing those accused Americans to have a day in court, with Obama deciding which Americans are killed in secret. 

  • jen

    any president will only nominate those who he feels comfortable working with and shares his beliefs.  dems never liked bush at least in public, but they confirmed all of his appointees. 

    the one and only reason estab did something diff this time is bec many repubs are simply one issue voters and nothing else really arouses any passion in them to take action – and that is to love Israeli politicians. 

  • jen

    Then you are back in the arms of establishment – from Rubio to Graham to McCain to Christie. 

  • jen

    Repubs also confirmed Kerry – do you think they all believe that he is qualified and should be sec of state?  No.  Pres has leeway in selecting his appointees.  Rand chose to focus more on Brennan bec he feels his drones in us and no court is far more impt to Americans than Hagel.  Espec when cia is secret and dept of def is a bit more open.

  • jen

    Unfort most republicans don’t care about the real big and impt issues, like the one you brought up.  Sure, they’ll talk about it a bit.  But there is one and only one impt issue to most repubs – and that is for everyone to lose Israeli politicians and to be demonized otherwise.

  • http://twitter.com/roy_wr Roy Patterson

    I can see why Rand Paul voted for Hagel. You aren’t going to get everyone, in office, to agree 100% with your or my views. I take 90% everytime and 100% on issues like Gun Control.

  • sparducks

     PS. Please don’t take this literally.

  • sparducks

     Squarely on the head.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s dissect this EBounding and see how it appears. 1st off Mary said ”Unfortunately, the leaders of Israel have control over most of our politicians.” She didn’t put that in the past tense but in the present tense. Are the leaders of Israel Catholics? Muslims? or are they Jews? I would think they are Jews. So she implies that for 60 plus years that Israeli leaders ( Jews) run all our politicians. She also uses as her example something that happened 60 plus years ago. Got anything recent? Maybe in the last few years?   Now over the last 40 years Islam has been attacking us on a regular basis and attacking any thing non Muslim. Hagel did serve in the military with honor, I will not dispute that at all, but he is not a very good pick at all because he favors Muslims over Jews. Which , by the way, was the point I was trying to make. I’d rather have Israel as a friend than the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran etc etc. Now Mary didn’t reference Hagel’s statements over the last 6-7 yrs at all. Hagel has said some pretty disturbing things really and with him now in charge of Defense, we will get even weaker than we are from the last 4 years. See, Islam likes to exploit weak horses, and with Hagel , Obama, Kerry and such, we couldn’t be any weaker. I hope that helps you with your question.

  • sparducks

     They could put up a fight for every damned appointment this idiot puts up and it wouldn’t cost them one red cent. They will still get their fn paycheck. They have nothing else to do apparently since they cant fn get a budget passed since Bush. Please.

  • sparducks

     Horse shit. the dems have been fighting for every scrap of ground and against every apointee put forth by a republican in my lifetime and they never seem to lose any of their zombie constituents. The more you fight and are combative the more power you garner. this crap has to end. with all of his popularity Reagan faced continual opposition from the dems.

  • sparducks

     Just did a quick study and you are wrong. No they did not. In December 2000, following his Senatorial defeat, Ashcroft was chosen for the
    position of U.S. attorney general by president-elect George W. Bush. He was confirmed by the Senate
    by a vote of 58 to 42, with most Democratic
    senators voting against him, citing his prior opposition to using forced busing
    to achieve desegregation
    and their opposition to Ashcroft’s pro-life views.[11]

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    I am disappointed. However, when it comes to politicians I am no longer surprised. We are doomed as a nation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    Sad but true we just wait for it to collapse. I see the French revolution coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    The idea that you dont stand up for your stated beliefs just means you’re just another hypocrite.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    usual anti semite. Nazi’s didnt go away did they?

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    guess you can do drive by. You dont even have the ballz to be anything but anonamous

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    Be nice if they would find their ballz. I am begining to believe All repubs are getting neutered before swearng in.

  • Anonymous

    I think mary referenced what happened 60 years ago because that’s why there’s a radical Islamist regime in Iran today. US intervention continues to this day.  The government’s intervention in these worthless deserts is what creates these radicals.  

    And what’s wrong with pointing out that Israel’s leaders have significant influence over American politicians?  Isn’t that true?  Israel isn’t the only country that does this, but they do seem to have the most influence. I’m indifferent to Hagel, but I do think it’s strange that most Republicans are raking Rand over the coals for voting to confirm a Republican, yet they were happy to support the architect of Obamacare (Romney) for president just a few months ago. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3C2GSWCOMWYWCKIGZRTTVSK6CM Jim

    What is this “deference” BS?  Who the he*l cares about offering that to this liar-in-chief?  What a joke!

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    To watch people we trusted to do the right thing cave is disheartening.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.madison.9256 John Madison

    And it’s one, (he voted to confirm Kerry), two, (he voted to confirm Hagel), three, (watch now, he’ll vote to confirm Brennan), strikes you’re out! I wouldn’t vote for this guy for dogcatcher. He’s turning out like Rubio, conservative until he starts collecting the big graft. There isn’t a real conservative in DC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/hal.slusher Hal Slusher

    Hitler used these tactics to get complete control of the German people. The constant lies and attack forces Obama opponents to cower.

  • http://twitter.com/QueenofBach12 Candy Conservative

    I’m sorry, for me, all of Rand’s credibility is down the tubes. That sure does leave us “light” in the good guys department! :-(

  • http://twitter.com/Agonzo1 anthonybgonzalez

    He’s already explained his votes. He grilled Kerry, but still voted for him.  He said he gives prerogative to the president to choose his cabinet.  

  • http://twitter.com/Agonzo1 anthonybgonzalez

    Really you should be more interested in the republicans that vote and never show up to talk about it.  Rand is upfront with everyone.  Rand is the least of anyone’s worries.  

  • Anonymous

    The reason I am disappointed with Rand is I thought from all his emails I get from him that he was going to vote no. Would he voting no have made a difference? Nope , not at all, but he said in numerous emails ( yes, I get updates from Rand almost everyday) he would not vote for Hagel, Lew, or Brennon. Personally, I don’t like the direction this government is headed. The Democrats may as well call themselves Commiecrats and the Republicans cave on just about every subject. There’s only a handful that actually have been stand on the values and principles. To see them cave, such as Rand did, doesn’t help the situation in any way. By the way, Romney WAS the better choice between he and Obama. Unfortunately, the uneducated, low information voters of the left didn’t see it that way. Don’t even get me started on the voter fraud perpetrated by the Democrats for it was rampant.   

  • Anonymous

    Bite me.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Rand, this is Glenn, hey, could you pull that knife out of my back, it really hurts….

  • Anonymous

    America has never had a “true” conservative president and it never will. Simply because true conservatism won’t work on a national level.
    Ronald Reagan is often held up as a true conservative, but look at his actual record rather than  the myth built around him.

    1) As governor, he passed the most liberal abortion law the nation had seen up until that point.
    2) As president he granted amnesty to millions of illegals, even as our unemployment rate was still at 7 percent.
    3) Though known as a tax cutter, he actually raised taxes more often then he cut them.
    4) He raised the debt ceiling numerous times.
    5) He turned us from a “loaner” nation to a “debtor” nation. Before Reagan, we loaned money to other nations, under Reagan—and ever since–we go to other countries for handouts. 
    6) He put more land under federal protection than any president before him, and was the first to even mention carbon emissions and their potential harmful impact.

    Reagan came into office and cut taxes and eased regulations, and both GDP and worker productivity DROPPED to even lower levels than it had been under Carter. So at that point the Fed Reserve opened it coffers and flooded the economy with easy money, and THEN the economy roared to life. From that point on Reagan simply sneaked in tax increases to keep things floating along. 
     But the myth persists that Reagan “fixed” the economy thru conservative measures. And that myth will persist because conservatives NEED it. 
    After all, take Reagan from them and who do they have? 

  • busmanx

    In th past I have made contributions to Rand Paul…….. That ended with his yes vote on Hagel.  Never again.  This 2 party system has trapped us.  Is there any way out short of revolution?

  • http://twitter.com/11phenomenon 11 Phenomenon

    Rand Paul is Ron Paul’s son. Enough said. We know how he is with Israel and national security. 

  • http://twitter.com/11phenomenon 11 Phenomenon

    What 90% is he getting with Hagel? Should we expect anything less than 100% when it comes to our closest ally or national security?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.coleman.3154 Bill Coleman

    Lets face it. We do not have a wining plan for the future. As one who lives south of Los Angeles. I can tell you that trying to appease the minorities is stupid. It is a losing plan. The Democrats will always win. The problem the Democrats have is that they support a non sustainable economic model.  As the economic collapse approaches we need a plan to take over. Supporting the Libertarians is stupid. They are not aligned with us. They are anarchist.  

  • Anonymous

    The answer RINOs and some conservative Senators are using to justify their vote on people who are not really qualified to run governmental departments is, “the president won the election and he deserves to get the people he wants to work for him.”  This is nothing but a cop out answer.  “Follow the mony.”  I call these “John McCain” types, cowards.  Look at Shelby from Alabama, he caved and voted for Hagel and this makes his word not worth much anymore.  They are all cowards and have no credibility.

  • Anonymous

    Yea, your reasoning is the dumb reason we have people like Kagan, Sotomayor, and Ginsburg on the Supreme Court.  In years past, the Senate has failed to do its responsibility when it comes to “giving advise to the president” on nominees that are not qualified to be justices.  The three above are prime examples of people who should never have been confirmed.  Ginsburg is a real nut case because she believes justices should consider other nations’ rulings when it comes to constitutionality of laws brought before the US Supreme Court.  What a nut case!  Our constitution should be the only constitution that should come into play when US laws are ruled legal or not.  We all know Kagan is a lesbian and will rule pro for any lesbian or gay law brought before the court.  Sotomayor is hispanic and will rule pro hispanic on any laws pertaining to her race.  They all have pre-conceived ideas of how rulings should go even before the law is brought before the court.

  • Anonymous

    Kinda like Chief Justice John Roberts huh? It’s not a tax, It’s not a tax, IT’S NOT A TAX, but if it is a tax,,,It’s ok. What wicked effin BS. I personally am gitting sick of our government.

  • greywolfrs

    The only thing that is stupid is YOU. You obviously don’t have the first clue about Libertarians.

    It’s better to be thought a fool, rather than open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.

    There you are.

  • greywolfrs

    How is he, oh enlightened one?
    Nevermind, you are just going to spout some stupidity.

  • greywolfrs

    I really don’t know why anyone has such a problem with Hagel. All of you realize he is a Republican, right? Why would Rand not vote to confirm a Republican? That makes no sense.

  • greywolfrs

    Why? Hagel is a Republican…

  • greywolfrs

    Hagel is a Republican, do you know anything, I didn’t think so.

  • greywolfrs

    So, we Libertarians have to compromise, as you Republicans continue to put up clowns like Romney and McCain? Sorry, but that will NEVER happen. You continue to vote for “the lesser of two evils,” that is ecactly what got us into this mess in the first place.

  • greywolfrs

    No, we do not, the Israelis should protect their own land and do.

  • greywolfrs

    Freedom of speech protects morons, like you.

  • Anonymous

    if you read everything i put down i listed justices as being an instance where senate confirmation should be rigorous and difficult, secretaries advise the president.
    and nice racism and stereotyping

  • landofaahs

    It’s because Rand believes in the claus “Advise and consent”  Warn the Nero of the mistake, although the Nero does know it since he is a Trojan Horse Kuslim sent here to destroy the country, he does not care.  In fact, he loves it.

  • Anonymous

    And yet another one is absorbed into the masses. One by one, they let us down.

  • Anonymous

    And yet, the left fought GW on every appointment.

  • Anonymous

    He still had the choice to vote no. It says more about the man to stand with his convictions.

  • Anonymous

    of course they did, the republicans are fighting on these, its how you make the president look bad, score some political points, get yourself on tv and get some votes and then not block the appointment.

  • Anonymous

    if anything not playing this political game speaks to rand’s principles

  • jen

    Why is it you don’t have the same reaction to republicans caving since the McCain election in 2008?  bad campaign, voted to give obama blank check, governors accepting medicaid obamacare money, funding al quaeda rebels in middle east, rubio/mccain amnesty plan, etc…

    certainly, bush was not a trustworthy man or of good conviction.  yet, this is the very first time repubs have really been disappointed in any significant way, that is when it comes to Israel vrs US domestic issues.

  • Anonymous

    I was stunned to hear Rand Paul voted to confirm Hagel. He has discredited his ablitlity to run the office for which he seeks. In his interview on Fox he said, I do not like this pick, I do not agree with Hagel, but I voted to confirm him. My jaw almost dropped. I looked around the room to see if anyone else heard him say that. Then I backed up live tv to listen again. What did he just say? He is trying to make a difference and leading by exsample. I lost a lot of respect for Rand Paul yesterday, he sold out. Why…I want to know why? If it wasn’t for his turn around this guy wouldn’t be in charge. I am so disappointed in Rand.

  • Anonymous

    You got the president that you deserved, Obama. Libertarians are mostly tools of the left and have much in common with them. You people fought hard to knock Romney down. Your group is small and will always stay small and be tools of the left. My post was to gain support for Rand Paul but you people are so filled with negativity that all you can do is knock people down.

  • http://youtu.be/R7MC2wu49Cw Sam Fisher

    No not even close he stab us in the back. See we on the right don’t worship our leaders as a god like you idiots do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.vining.3 William Vining

    Obama won the election.  He has won the right to choose his team.

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.vining.3 William Vining

    Yes, but they did not block the nomination with a filibuster. 

  • TylerDurden

    Perhaps because there is nothing controversial about Hagel besides petty politics?

  • Jim Allison

    So I had this very same question when he voted for Kerry for Secretary of State.  I like Rand but he needs to explain these votes before I can really get behind him.

  • Anonymous

    Listened to Rand Paul answer Glenn’s questioning him on him voting to approve Hagel. Now Rand Paul is just another Politician! Double Talk that in the end it is alright to have anybody that is nominated to a position to be approved because it is only a temporary job! Glenn you may still have respect for him, but not I or many other people who are still looking for leaders who will Stand their ground do. I listened to both of your conversation and could not believe you let him get away with his analogy! I listened and could only say “Oh my GOD!”   I am going out now to buy more Duct Tape! The expensive tape that really sticks!

    What a dissapointment!

  • Anonymous

    Listened to Rand Paul answer Glenn’s questioning him on him voting to approve Hagel. Now Rand Paul is just another Politician! Double Talk that in the end it is alright to have anybody that is nominated to a position to be approved because it is only a temporary job! Glenn you may still have respect for him, but not I or many other people who are still looking for leaders who will Stand their ground do. I listened to both of your conversation and could not believe you let him get away with his analogy! I listened and could only say “Oh my GOD!” I am going out now to buy more Duct Tape! The expensive tape that really sticks!
    What a dissapointment!

  • Shane

    Many Senators believe that the President should get his pick approved unless that guy is a traitor or hates America. Hagel is a wimp, a mediocrity, and a liberal, but he is not a traitor and he does not hate America.

  • Shane

     What nonsense. All Glenn did is report that Paul voted for Hagel. Are you a liberal who believes that telling the truth about a politician’s record is slander?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UUJWN5HK5TZLUW33NFZGZF3PLE Erica

    Bottom line . . . all politicians – every single one of them – get sucked in and end up SUCKing.  If a bunch of guys with powdered wigs and muskets could stage a revolution against the most wide-reaching kingdom and tyrannical monarchy on the planet 200+ years ago, why can’t our generation – - – with all of our social networking and technology – - – get rid of these idiots in D.C.?????????  Apathy, probably.  It’s sickening.

  • Anonymous

    Is there ANYONE we sent to Washington DC who will do what we sent them there to do???  Don’t send me anymore emails, Rand Paul, telling me how you’re standing for the Conservative voter and asking for money so you can support the Libtards.  I don’t feel sorry for Obama and, no, he doesn’t need to get his way (“leeway”) sometimes.

  • Anonymous

    I am truly surprised; a cache of emotions waiting for an answer before reaction. I truly hope it’s a good one.

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul you are a typical politcian your type is the reason the country looses respect for all politician since you are there for your own interest money grabbing leach

  • Kevin52

    Well the list of trusted politicians, if there were ever really such a thing, is shrinking again. It seems the only ones who do not sell out their principles are liberals. That is a shame because liberal principles have destroyed the family, destroyed the economy, and will destroy the country and people like Rand Paul seem content to help the destruction along. 

    Truth is though is I don’t trust libertarian conservatism. I am a social/fiscal conservative in the Reagan mold.

  • Kevin52

    No the President should NOT get to pick his own man. These cabinet members represent the people of the United States of America so of course nominees should be scrutinized closely.

  • Anonymous

    It’s not just Rand Paul who let us all down.  Check the following link to see if your Senator(s) voted to stop the filibuster, end the debate and send Hagel’s nomination up for a vote.  By doing so, they technically voted for confirmation.  Many did and then voted no all the while knowing confirmation would happen.  Don’t let them come back home and claim they voted against Hagel when in reality they handed Obama’s nominee the job.

    http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=113&session=1&vote=00023

  • Kevin52

    Liberals do not always confirm appointees, only the GOP moderates do that.

  • greywolfrs

    The truth hurts, doesn’t it.

  • sparducks

    Showing again your titanic intelligence.

  • sparducks

    Showing again your titanic intelligence.

  • Bayou Bob

    ALL this is a MUTE point if Glenn would just take off to pressure heavily for a Special Prosecutor to investigate ALL WE know now about “O” that would disallow his serving OR appointing altogether….and turn the man OUT…prosecute Michelle and HIM….it all goes waaay beyond the mere birther complaints…!!!!   Please, PLEASE Glenn….get it rolling in the House!!  The American public deserves to KNOW finally on ALL the puzzles, major concerns, unexplained facts, and the seeming illegal “happenings” surrounding this most ”unusual” strange man’s past…!

  • Anonymous

    Rand Paul Was Sending Out Petitions to Vote Against Hagel and he Goes Out To Vote For The Anti-Semite Anti-American…just like Hussein-Obama, Why? He is just making the case 
    for hussein-osama to get his way for republicans to lose the house and we will have the END of The U.S.of A!

  • Guest

    Why do so many people support a blatant liar like Glenn Beck?

  • Anonymous

    Just another example of why you can’t put your trust in the Legislative branch of government. The Executive branch is already gone as well as the Judical branch. So don’t expect any changes for the good to come out of Washington in the next 4 years. The GOP is dead and has given up. They are only worried about keeping their jobs and keeping out of the line of fire. Hillary will be the next president for 8 more years after Barry and what is left of America will be gone. There is only one answer and as much as people keep ignoring it and putting their heads in the sand –it is coming. Lock and Load people!

  • Anonymous

    I listened to the conversation between Glenn and Rand, on the 28th, and HUGE RED FLAGS went up for me concerning Rand Paul.

    I don’t buy for one moment that he could NOT have voted AGAINST HAGGEL and he is going to vote to approve ALL of OBAMA’S  appointees.

    At the core, I think Rand and Ron Paul are RINOs.  Ron Paul always spoke against “earmarks” but was one of the BIGGEST reciepients of PORK BARREL spending in the Congress.

    Their ACTIONS belie their rehtoric.  They SOUND GOOD, but the voting stance on backing the Obama appointees TOTALLY SUCKS WIND.

    They KNOW Obama is a MARXIST / COMMUNIST / MUSLIM.  DOMESTIC ENEMY 

    ONE IS BAD ENOUGH but to help him hire on MORE Domestic Enemies is UNCONSCIENABLE!!!! 

    ALL PATRIOTS would have voted NO on these appointments even if their vote made no difference in the result.

    His CONFIRMATION vote stands him with the DOMESTIC ENEMIES.

    Up until this vote, and his explanation for his vote, I was 90% on Rand Pauls side and would have strongly considered voting for him as President.

    I just DELETED him from my list.  Something is wrong at the core of his stance.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.baram Michael Baram

    Ron Paul blames everything on our being the bad guy and excuses the Iranians for wanting to build nukes because it’s “our fault”. Like father, like son. Now, with a Secretary of State who doesn’t like Israel very much, and Brennan about to be the lap dog for the jihadists, it’s about time we start planning a memorial service for western civilization.

  • Anonymous

    Democratic voters vote for whomever can give them more free stuff.

  • jen

    Some dems are like that.  But many are not.  Howard Schultz is rich with Starbucks and he is a democrat.  Many rich people and middle class are dems as well.  Bush also created medicaid part d, etc.. large entitlement programs and he and repub congress did nothing about previous entitlements.  So, while repubs like to talk about cutting – they absolutely refuse to do while in office and vote to give Obama a blank check and approved of trillions more debt under Obama.
    You are brainwashed by mainstream media, including Beck into thinkign repub and dem are any different.

  • D C

    I think the explanation is that you are all a bunch of crazy nut-jobs, and Paul at least manages to maintain a shred of his human dignity and sanity in such matters…