The 2000 version of John McCain praised Chuck Hagel as the kind of person he’d like to see as Secretary of Defense.
During his 2000 presidential run, a New Hampshire voter asked Republican Sen. John McCain who he might choose as secretary of defense.
McCain responded by tossing out the name of a dear old friend and colleague, the very man who would be nominated to that post by a Democrat and frequent McCain target 13 years later.
“There’s a lot of people that could do that,” he told voters at a January town hall in Nashua, New Hampshire. “One of ‘em, I think, is Sen. Chuck Hagel.”