Expected Defense secretary nominee has reputation for going rogue

By Brian Resnick

January 7, 2013

Former Sen. Chuck Hagel has a reputation for going rogue.

The Republican whom President Obama is expected to nominate as secretary of Defense on Monday vocally defied his party -- and George W. Bush -- during the lead up to the Iraq war. In 2002, he questioned the evidence that the Iraqis had access to weapons of mass destruction.

Combine that with some disparaging comments about gays in the late 90s (which Hagel recently apologized for), and questions about his support for Israel, and Hagel may face a confirmation battle on many fronts.

Confirmation distractions aside, Hagel list of qualifications is long. Here are the highlight of his biography (compiled directly from the Almanac of American Politics).

By Brian Resnick

January 7, 2013

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