Chuck Hagel not exactly a Republican, for a while now

A Hagel interview with Al-Monitor, March 2012:

Al-Monitor: Do you still consider yourself a Republican?

Hagel: I don’t know what the Republican Party is. I know why I registered a long time ago; my first vote was in the Mekong Delta absentee in 1968. But we’ll find a new center of gravity…  After the American people speak in November, that gives us some new possibilities. If the president is re-elected, like most two-term presidents, your fifth and sixth years can be your most productive.

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