Hagel vs. Hagel

10:27 — Hagel just offered an extended defense of his record and beliefs, arguing that he’s exactly in lock-step with the Obama administration’s policies on Iran (all options are on the table, including a military one); the budget sequester (would be a disaster); don’t ask, don’t tell (fully supports its repeal and will look to expand the benefits available to gay troops); and the role of women in combat (wants to work with the Joint Chiefs to open as many jobs as possible). He’s taken somewhat different positions in the past, particularly when it comes to sanctioning Iran and cutting Pentagon “bloat.” Obama wouldn’t nominate someone who didn’t share his core beliefs, but you can tell GOP senators are eagerly waiting for a chance to accuse him of flip-flopping.