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Thursday, January 18, 2007
Hagel to decide on White House bid 'soon'
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, an outspoken Republican critic of the war in Iraq, told CNN Wednesday he will decide on whether to wage a presidential run soon.

"I'll let you know, Wolf -- I've got to make a decision soon," Hagel told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. "I will make that decision."

Hagel, the GOP sponsor of a non-binding Senate resolution condemning the President's call for increasing U.S. forces in Iraq, also urged President Bush not to disregard the wishes of Congress.

"If the administration thinks they can disregard whatever actions the Congress may take, I can't predict what will happen," Hagel said. "I think they'll want to re-evaluate this."

"This is not a monarchy," Hagel added.

-- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney
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