Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama's choice for secretary of Defense, clashed with critics at his Senate confirmation hearing this morning, offering a strong defense of his record on Capitol Hill. Hagel's performance at the hearing was expected to help determine whether he could win over enough bipartisan support to prevent a filibuster of his appointment. "No one individual vote, no one individual quote, no one individual statement defines me, my beliefs, or my record," the Nebraska Republican said. "My overall worldview has never changed: that America has and must maintain the strongest military in the world."
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