Did Sen. Rand Paul vote no on cloture but yes on the nomination?—
Ari Morgenstern (@AriMorgenstern) February 26, 2013
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense stands out for a couple of reasons. First, only four Republicans voted yes to confirm Hagel, and earlier in the day Paul had voted, along with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, against bringing Hagel’s confirmation to a vote. Paul explained that what might look like a flip flop isn’t necessarily so, and that he was hoping to delay the vote in order to pressure the administration for more information.
Following the vote, Paul told reporters in the Capitol Building, “There are many things I disagree with Chuck Hagel on, there are many things I disagree with John Kerry on, there are very few things I agree with the president on, but the president gets to choose political appointees.”
Quite a few conservatives were disappointed to see Tea Party favorite Paul seemingly go the way of Chris Christie.
Though reaction ranged from anger to mere disappointment, some are sticking with Paul as their best hope for 2016.