Is Hagel a "Conservative Turned Liberal?"
Here's a comment I got via e-mail on my Michigan for Hagel blog from Mike earlier today:
OK - so in response to this I'd like to direct you to some statistics that Senator Hagel points out on his website:
I'm sure in the beginning Mr. Hagel was a nice man.
But come on, a candidate for REPUBLICAN PRESIDENT.
I see in many polls that Hagel hasn't even reached 1%, now boy that is funny. Sorry, but conservative, turned liberal won't make it with the middle class informed Americans.
Conservative Voting Records . . .
Senator Hagel has one of the most solid conservative voting records in the U.S. Senate. The following are his lifetime ratings from some important organizations:
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) 94% (1997 - 2006)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce 96% (1997 - 2005)
American Conservative Union (ACU) 85.2% (1997 - 2006)
National Taxpayers Union 75% (1997 - 2005)
National Right to Life Committee 96.4% (2000 - 2006)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) 100% (1999-2006)
Club for Growth 99% (2005)
Hagel's Support of President Bush's Priorities in the Senate
2006 95.5% (highest of GOP Members in Senate)
Source: Congressional Quarterly, January 2007