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Arizona Sen. John McCain released the following statement Monday after President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Chuck Hagel to the position of Secretary of Defense.

It has not been altered in any way.

Chuck Hagel served our nation with honor in Vietnam and I congratulate him on this nomination. I have serious concerns about positions Senator Hagel has taken on a range of critical national security issues in recent years, which we will fully consider in the course of his confirmation process before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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