Chuck Hagel, "the retiring Nebraskan senator - a prominent Iraq War critic - is the Republican expected to join the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee (Barack Obama) on what is sure to be a closely watched visit to the region. ... Republicans have sought to make an issue of Obama’s scarcity of visits to Iraq a campaign issue ... . Hagel’s potential bipartisan alliance with Obama would be an interesting contrast to the relationship shared by McCain and 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats. Lieberman is supporting McCain in the White House campaign because of their mutual support of the ongoing war and like-mindedness on foreign policy and national security matters."
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