Newly sworn in Senator Tammy Baldwin wants to speak with former GOP Senator Chuck Hagel, whom President Obama yesterday nominated to be Secretary of Defense, “to see if his apology is sincere and sufficient.” Baldwin, who is the first openly-gay elected Senator, told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, “I want to hear how he’s evolved on this issue in the last 14 years,” especially in the face of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
“We’ve seen great changes and great strides in terms of women’s service in the U.S. Military, but we also know that they face incredible challenges that their male counterparts don’t necessarily face,” Baldwin told Mitchell:
“As these nominees come before the U.S. Senate, I get to ask the tough questions and give a thorough review.”
MSNBC News adds:
While the new Congress ushered in a record number of women, the president’s new cabinet could offer a stark contrast to that image. With the nominations of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary and John Brennan for CIA Director—on the heels of Senator John Kerry’s nomination for secretary of state—Obama’s new national security team is shaping up to be an old boy’s club composed exclusively of white men.
Moments after President Obama announced his nominees on Monday, Andrea Mitchell spoke with one of the newest women of Congress, Senator Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis. Asked about the President’s new all-male foreign policy team, Baldwin pointed out that this is a perfect example of why women should have a place at the table to make sure women’s issues are considered.
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