It's personal and business in GOP fight over Hagel

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 23 at 8:33 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The fierce Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's nomination of Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary is personal and business.

The nasty fight long has been seen as a proxy for the never-ending scuffles between Obama and congressional Republicans.

Barring any surprises, the drawn-out battle over Hagel's nomination probably will end this coming week with his Senate confirmation. Still, his fellow Republicans have roughed him up.

A vote is expected on Tuesday.

Senate Republicans also see Hagel as a political heretic for countering President George W. Bush on Iraq and backing a Democrat in last year's Nebraska Senate race.

The business is getting Republicans incumbents re-elected next year. Challenging Obama's nominees and policies has improved senators' standing with the conservative base as they fear tea party challenges.

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