Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 12:38 pm
By Greg Henderson
Republican Scott Brown, shown here on Capitol Hill in 2010 not long after coming to the Senate in a special election, announced Friday that he won't run in this year's special election in Massachusetts to replace Democrat John Kerry.
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Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown will not seek the Republican nomination for Senate in a special election to replace Sen. John Kerry, the Democrat who on Friday was being sworn in as secretary of state.
The decision leaves Republicans in deep blue Massachusetts scrambling to find a candidate who can be competitive in a special election just five months away.
Brown, who won a 2010 special election for the seat of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, lost the seat in November to Democrat Elizabeth Warren.
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., during his Senate nomination hearing earlier today.
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Responding to those who have questioned his views on Israel, Iran and defense spending, former Sen. Chuck Hagel said Thursday at the opening of a Senate hearing on his nomination to be secretary of defense that:
Former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been nominated to be the next secretary of defense.
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What's shaping up to be one of the more contentious nomination hearings for one of President Obama's cabinet choices is set to open at 9:30 a.m. ET when members of the Senate Committee on Armed Services get their chance to publicly grill former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., who has been tapped for the post of defense secretary.