Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) delivers opening remarks during former U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel's (R-NE) confirmation hearing to become the next secretary of defense with Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) (L) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on Capitol Hill January 31, 2013 in Washington, DC. President Barack Obama nominated Hagel, a controversial choice as Hagel opposed former President George W. Bush and his own party on the Iraq War and upset liberals with his criticism of a gay ambassador, for which he later apologized.