Chuck Hagel will join Obama on trip to Iraq and Afghanistan

Obama is going to the two war zones sometime soon with two fellow Senators — Democrat Jack Reed and Republican Chuck Hagel:

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will visit Afghanistan and Iraq, accompanied by two potential running mates, according to a source familiar with details of the trip.

The overseas trip will give Obama an opportunity to talk at length with Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.). The two men have been mentioned as potential running mates because they would bolster the Democratic ticket’s foreign policy and military credentials.

Though Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, is a Republican, he has not endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for president. Hagel is now a leading critic of the Iraq war after voting for it in 2002.

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