Hagel, Lieberman Praise Obama's National Security Team

01/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a moderate Republican who is retiring this year and had been mentioned as a possibility for some national security posts, congratulated Obama on naming "a serious, experienced and widely respected group of leaders. They are all seasoned professionals."

Also offering high praise: Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the onetime Democrat and 2000 vice presidential nominee who is now independent and broke ranks this year to support Republican John McCain. Obama intervened to allow him to remain as chairman of the Senate homeland security committee next year.

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