Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel (now Secretary of Defense) sits down with journalist Leonard Lopate to tackle the serious issues raised in his book America: The Next Chapter: Tough Questions and Straight Answers with his usual frankness. A strong believer in the importance of elections as a way for politics to self-correct, Senator Hagel explains the importance of social forces in politics. With Lopate's probing, intelligent questions as a guide, Senator Hagel expands on his positions on many issues and how being a Republican or a conservative has less influence on his decisions than his personal philosophy.
Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel, currently serving as secretary of defense, was on four Senate committees: Foreign Relations; Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; Intelligence; and Rules and Administration. He is the author of America: The Next Chapter: Tough Questions and Straight Answers.