Chuck Hagel, Republican

Current position: Senator for Nebraska (elected 1996)

Curriculum vitae:

  • Graduate of Brown Institute for Radio and Television and University of Nebraska

  • Served as deputy whip for Republican Caucus

  • Serves on NATO Observer Group

  • Member of Senate Committee on Foreign RelationsWas newscaster and talk show host on Nebraska local radio

    Memorable quotes:

  • "The American people are not going to continue to support, sustain a policy that puts American troops in the middle of a civil war. We need to find a new strategy, a way out of Iraq, because the entire Middle East is more combustible than it's been in probably since 1948, and more dangerous. And we're in the middle of it." (CNN Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, October 15, 2006)

  • "The core issue in the Middle East is the Israeli/Palestinian issue. And I don't believe you will find stability, peace, opportunity, prosperity ever in the Middle East until there is an awareness and some confidence that we are moving toward the resolution that seemingly everyone agrees with, and that is a two-state solution..." (August 2006)

  • "The sickening slaughter on both sides [Israel and Lebanon] must end and it must end now. President Bush must call for an immediate cease-fire. This madness must stop." (July 2006)

  • "How do we realistically believe that a continuation of the systematic destruction of an American friend - the country and people of Lebanon - is going to enhance America's image and give us the trust and credibility to lead a lasting and sustained peace effort in the Middle East?" (July 2006)

  • "Central to peace in the Middle East is resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." (November 2005)

    Other information:

  • Has compared Iraq war to Vietnam, where he served

  • Awarded two Purple Hearts

    Useful links: Chuck Hagel official Web site