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Post Show Thoughts: The Hagel Nomination Fight

Senator John McCain, one of the Senators leading the charge against Chuck Hagel's nomination as Secretary of Defense, said that Hagel will be confirmed by the Senate. 

"I don't believe he is qualified. But I don't believe that we should hold up his nomination any further." McCain said. 

McCain, a former friend of Hagel, said the nominee was not "mainstream" and some of his past comments, particularly about Israel were "atrocious."

White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough defended Hagel and argued that he would be a "great" secretary of defense and charged his opponents of playing politics with the nomination. 

McDonough also shrugged off reports this morning that the White House is preparing an immigration bill that Senator Marco Rubio said would be "dead on arrival" in Congress. 

When asked about the report, McDonough responded "all it says to me is that we are doing exactly what we said we would do." He argued that the White House supports bi-partisan efforts in Congress to come to an agreement on comprehensive immigration, but, should those talks fail, they are "prepared" with their on proposal. 

You can watch the entire program on our website including a lively discussion on our roundtable about President Obama's approach to dealing with Congress and what is being done to avoid the automatic spending cuts slated to take place next month. 

Plus don't miss the discussion with former Space Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly - husband of Gabby Giffords - about his personal mission to tighten gun laws in hopes of preventing mass shootings like the one that happened to his wife just over two years ago. 

We'll be back next week. If it's Sunday, it's Meet the Press.