Bob Dole supports Hagel nomination

Former Kansas Sen. Bob Dole today came out in support of one-time Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel's nomination as defense secretary.

Dole's statement:

“Chuck Hagel has spent his entire life in service to his country.

"He volunteered to fight in Vietnam and did so bravely, side-by-side with his brother and earning two Purple Hearts. He served as Deputy Administrator of the Veterans Administration for President Ronald Reagan and was President & Chief Executive Officer of the World USO.

"He represented the people of Nebraska in the Senate with honor for 12 years and was a coauthor of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill.

"Hagel’s wisdom and courage make him uniquely qualified to be Secretary of Defense and lead the men and women of our armed forces. Chuck Hagel will be an exceptional leader at an important time.”