Hagel Hints At Independent Candidacy
May 13 (EIRNS)--Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) hinted that he might run as an independent for US president in response to a question from CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer. Hagel said he is "not happy with the Republican party today. It's been hijacked by a group of single-minded almost isolationists, isolationists, power projectors." And as a result the party has drifted from party of Eisenhower, Goldwater and Reagan.
Hagel stressed that in his estimation "we're living today at the most unpredictable political time in modern history" and America is looking or "honest, competent, accountable leadership."
He continued: "I think a credible third ticket, third party, would be good for the system. It would force both parties, that have been hijacked by the extremes of their two parties, and I think we would want something like that. I think it shakes the system up, the system needs to be shaken up. This country is in trouble. The world's in trouble. The world is always in trouble when the U.S. is in trouble."
Asked about the possibility of forming a ticket with New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, Hagel responded: "it's a great country to think about a New York boy, and a Nebraska boy to be teamed up leading this nation."