Thursday, January 31, 2013

VIDEO: Ted Cruz Slams Hagel Over Al Jazeera Appearance: U.S. is the World’s Bully

Once again Ted Cruz is a gutsy no nonsense GOPer that isn’t afraid to bring it!

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday tore into defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel over an appearance the former senator made on Al Jazeera in 2009.

At the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Hagel's nomination, Cruz played a clip of Hagel answering questions from Al Jazeera audience members. One woman wrote in to ask, "Can the rest of the world be persuaded to give up their arsenal when the image of the United States is that of the world's bully? Don't we indeed need to change the perception and the reality before asking folks to lay down their arms, nuclear or otherwise?" Hagel responded on-air, "Well, her observation is a good one and it's relevant. Yes to her question." 

Cruz used the woman's question -- and Hagel's answer -- to suggest that the defense secretary nominee agreed with the statement. "Sen. Hagel, do you think it's appropriate for the chief civilian leader for the U.S. military forces to agree with the statement that both the 'perception,' quote, 'and the reality' is that the United States is, quote, 'the world's bully'?"

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