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Hagel Wants to ‘Shake Up’ the Election

Posted on May 14, 2007

Hagel: A third-party bid?

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he was “not happy with the Republican Party,” and hinted he might make an independent run for president, perhaps with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg by his side.

It’s possible Hagel’s antiwar conservatism and Bloomberg’s appeal as a Republican moderate could find traction among unenthusiastic Republican voters and spoil the election for the GOP.

Congressional Quarterly:

Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., continues to weigh a 2008 presidential campaign, and he is hinting that he might run as an independent—perhaps in tandem with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In an interview Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Hagel, one of the GOP’s sharpest critics of the war in Iraq, said, “I am not happy with the Republican Party today. It has drifted from the party of Eisenhower, of Goldwater, of Reagan, the party that I joined.”

Hagel said he would decide by late summer whether to get into the presidential race. He also voiced support for the notion of a third-party or independent option in 2008, saying, “I think it shakes the system up. The system needs to be shaken up.”

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By DMK, May 15, 2007 at 2:05 pm Link to this comment

I agree with Margaret Currey, we DO need a third party, the other two are far too corrupt. How about the “Common Sense Party?”

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By sharon ash, May 15, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment
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There is something quite sinister that has been going on in our government (over and above the normal lying and stealing that generally takes place) and it was going on prior to the misguided Bush Administration.  It appears to be primarily rooted in the Republican Party. (The general lying and stealing is of course, common in both parties but the something sinister is different.) Until I see the GOP making a turn from the Fascist mentality which prevades their party, it is impossible for me to back anyone at either the state or federal level who either is or recently was, before becoming something else, a Republican.  Sorry Mr. Hagel because in days gone by, I can see myself giving you a vote, but not at this time.

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By cann4ing, May 15, 2007 at 8:05 am Link to this comment

It never ceases to amaze me how all a billionaire has to do is expouse a few words against the war in order to get ordinary people to trip over their own tongues trying to muster support for their candidacy.  It reminds me of the line from the song, “If I were a rich man” (Fiddler on the Roof):  “When you’re rich, they think you really know.”

As revealed by Steven Freeman & Joel Bleifuss in “Was the 2004 Election Stolen,” in 1992 Chuck Hegel, an investment banker and president of the holding company, McCarthy & Co. became the CEO of American Information Systems, the predecessor to the voting machine giant ES&S.  In 1996 the little known Hegel scored not one but “two stunning upsets,” first defeating Nebraska’s well-known Attorney General Don Sternberg in the Republican primary and then scoring “an unexpected…landslide victory over Ben Nelson, Nebraska’s popular Democratic governor.”  Polls at the start of the race had Nelson leading Hegel 65% to 18%.  ES&S machines tallied 85% of the vote. 

After his election Hegel retained shares in McCarthy & Co., which is the parent company to ES&S.  Mike McCarthy, an owner and director of McCarthy & Co., served as Hegel’s finance director.  Prior to the 2002 re-election vote, Hegel’s Democratic opponent Charlie Matulka asked the Senate Ethics Committee to examine the question of Hegel’s conflict-of-interest.  After the vote, Matulka asked Nebraska’s Republican Secretary of State John A. Gale to conduct a hand recount.  Both requests were turned down with the Secretary of State’s office informing Matulka “that Nebraska has no provision in law allowing a losing candidate to verify vote tallies by counting the paper ballots.”

Mr. Hammons tells us that Hegel is “well-respected.”  My questions, Mr. Hammons:  By whom?  Why?

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By Leefeller, May 15, 2007 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

Even though I agree with Hagel on getting out of Iraq, His happy dance support for Goldwater and Reagan scares me, Eisenhower is more palatable.  Let’s get rid of lobbyists while we are at it. 
Now we may have independent debates, so we can see who raises their hands, when asked the question “who does not believe in evolution”.

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By John F. Butterfield, May 15, 2007 at 1:23 am Link to this comment

Pick the candidate you think is best and stick with him/her even if the party chooses a different candidate. Writehim/her in on election day.

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By Hammo, May 14, 2007 at 11:13 pm Link to this comment

Many Americans seem to be interested in third-party and independent candidates.

Hagel is well-respected by many and might get the support of some Republicans and centrist independents.

Is America ready for a mainstream independent ticket? Take a look at ...

“A much-needed new path for 2008: Time for independent and third-party candidates to emerge, transcend and unite?” (

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By Margaret Currey, May 14, 2007 at 9:51 pm Link to this comment
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The country needs a third party.

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By vet240, May 14, 2007 at 9:50 pm Link to this comment
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Hagel is taking a play out of LIEbermans play book.

LIEberman always was a player going with the powers that be in order to gain more power.

Hagel will always be a big bu$ine$$ hack regardless of the suit he shows up in.

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By DennisD, May 14, 2007 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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Want to shake up the campaigns - run candidates that aren’t corporate pawns or billionares. That would be f**king original. The few that are worth voting for from either party won’t even make it through the primaries. The oligarchy is alive and well.

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