WASHINGTON — Two former chairmen of the Senate Armed Services Committee — one a Democrat, the other a Republican — are set to introduce Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing for defense secretary.
Officials close to the confirmation process say former Democratic Sen. Sam Nunn of Georgia and former Republican Sen. John Warner of Virginia will make the presentation before the committee Thursday.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the panel has not made a formal announcement.
Nunn served in the Senate from 1972 to 1997. Warner served from 1979 to 2009.
President Barack Obama has tapped Hagel, a former two-term Republican senator from Nebraska, to succeed Leon Panetta.
Nominees are frequently introduced at their confirmation hearings by their home state senators.
Both of Nebraska's senators have reserved judgment on Hagel's nomination until after the hearing.
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is a member of the committee. Hagel this fall endorsed her opponent, Democrat Bob Kerrey.
Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., has said he wasn't planning to help introduce Hagel because he wasn't asked.
– From staff and wire reports
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