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Reed: Hagel is 'highly qualified'


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Politico is reporting a released statement from the White House.

“Chuck Hagel will make an outstanding Secretary of Defense," Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) says in the statement. "He is highly qualified and his record of service to this country as a decorated combat veteran, successful CEO, senator, and statesman is extraordinary.

“Chuck is a man of uncommon independence and integrity. Chuck Hagel’s candor, judgment, and expertise will serve him well as our next Secretary of Defense. I fully support his confirmation.”