The Washington Blade
January 14, 2013

Former Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell defended Chuck Hagel on Sunday over anti-gay remarks the former senator made in 1998, saying the defense secretary nominee would ensure “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is fully implemented upon confirmation. During an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Powell — who served as Secretary of State under former President George W. Bush — advocated for Hagel as defense secretary based on the Nebraska Republican’s public service and contribution to the Vietnam War while mitigating concerns expressed over the nominee by Jewish groups and others.