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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, walks with Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as they tour the citadel in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, July 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, walks with Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as they tour the citadel in Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, July 22, 2008. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)  

Top Jewish Obama campaign surrogate: ‘Hagel is a patriot’

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      Jamie Weinstein

      Jamie Weinstein is Senior Editor of The Daily Caller. His work has appeared in The Weekly Standard, the New York Daily News and The Washington Examiner, among many other publications. He also worked as the Collegiate Network Journalism Fellow at Roll Call Newspaper and is the winner of the 2011 "Funniest Celebrity in Washington" contest. A regular on Fox News and other cable news outlets, Weinstein received a master’s degree in the history of international relations from the London School of Economics in 2009 and a bachelor's degree in history and government from Cornell University in 2006. He is the author of the political satire, "The Lizard King: The Shocking Inside Account of Obama's True Intergalactic Ambitions by an Anonymous White House Staffer."

Wexler went on to praise Hagel as a “patriot.”

“Sen. Hagel is a patriot,” he said.

“He’s an American patriot. His No. 1 job should he be secretary of defense and should he be confirmed, his No. 1 responsibility, of course, is America’s defense. And his No. 1 job will be to extract the United States from the war in Afghanistan in a successful way.”

“And secondly, he is going to have the awesome responsibility of implementing a set of Pentagon budgets that will no doubt be challenging in a tighter fiscal environment,” Wexler added.

“Those are going to be his primary challenges. In terms of … America’s security relationship with Israel … yes, I have absolute 100 percent confidence that Sen. Hagel, should he be the secretary of defense, will reflect President Obama’s ironclad commitment to Israel’s security.”

On Tuesday, a number of prominent Republican senators, including John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, voiced concern over Hagel’s past positions and comments, noting that he would have to answer for them if he is ultimately nominated by Obama to take over the Pentagon.

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