Hagel is an anti Iraq war Republican and Bloomberg is a pro Iraq war Republican. “The executive editor of Real-ClearPolitics.com, Tom Bevan, said he would be “shocked” if the issue of an independent candidacy didn’t come up during the meal. “The question is, were they talking about joining forces? Were they comparing notes? Were they feeling each other out for the prospect of what the other one might do? Were they flipping a coin to see who gets to run?” Mr. Bevan said.”
Today we are getting a bit more information about what was on the menu. “An independent bid “is possible,” Hagel, 60, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” scheduled to air today. “I don’t ever foreclose any options.” He will decide in the next few months whether to run for a third Senate term, pursue the presidency or leave politics altogether, he said.”
Hagel added that he will oppose Senator Clinton’s deauthorization proposal .