Sen. Carl Levin: Hagel won’t lose any Democratic votes in Senate

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Chuck Hagel might not have enough support in the Senate to avoid his nomination as Secretary of Defense from being filibustered, but Slate’s Dave Weigel reports that Sen. Carl Levin is confident Democrats will uniformly support him:

“I don’t think he’s going to lose any Democratic votes, that we know of,” Sen. Carl Levin told reporters after the hearing. “I think there’s at least a few Republicans who’ve already said, publicly, that they support his nomination.” When pushed, he could barely name two. “What I’ve heard — I’ve heard that Sen. Cochran, and I’ve heard Sen. Murkowski. That’s third hand. If nobody in this crew has heard that Sen. Murkowski is inclined, then I will withdraw that comment.”

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