Sen. Bob Corker made headlines Sunday, offering his thoughts on upcoming confirmation hearings for former Sen. Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.
Hagel, a Republican who served two terms as senator for Nebraska, was tapped by President Barack Obama earlier this month. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Hagel received two Purple Hearts.
Appearing on ABCs “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, Corker said he thought issues regarding Hagel’s “temperament” would come forward during discussions held during the hearings.
“I think another thing, George, that’s going to come up is just his overall temperament and is he suited to run a big department or a big agency or a big entity like the Pentagon,” Corker said. “I think there are numbers of staffers who are coming forth now just talking about the way he has dealt with them. I certainly have questions about a lot of things. I begin all these confirmation processes with an open mind.”
Corker said he planned to meet with Hagel this week.
The senator and former Chattanooga mayor, who is expected to become the ranking member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this month, added he thought the hearing would be thorough.
“This is going to be a real hearing process, unlike many of the people who end up being confirmed or not confirmed,” he said.