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Senators Schumer, Boxer Clear Path For Hagel's Confirmation

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Replace Insecure New York senator Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that he is endorsing Chuck Hagel as the next Secretary of Defense, all but ending Republican hopes of blocking Hagel's appointment. California senator Barbara Boxer signaled her intention to support Hagel. Boxer -- who is also Jewish -- said "I'm not worried" about Hagel's support for Israel. Boxer said Hagel has pledged to crack down on sexual assualt in the military. Boxer's support should help convince any liberal Democrats who are still uncomfortable with nominating a former Republican senator.

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