01/07/2013 02:25 pm ET Updated Mar 09, 2013

Chuck Hagel: 'The Distortions About My Record Have Been Astounding'

Chuck Hagel said Monday an accurate assessment of his record will demonstrate "unequivocal, total support for Israel" and endorsement of tough international economic sanctions against Iran.

Critics have "completely distorted" his record, the former Nebraska senator said in his first interview as President Barack Obama's designated choice to be secretary of defense.

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