Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel, a Republican, endorsed Rep. Joe Sestak (D) in his bid for Senate. Hagel's wife endorsed Barack Obama for president.
Hagel told The Associated Press on Monday that Sestak has demonstrated during his two terms in Congress that he puts what's best for the country before the interests of his party. He said Sestak's courage and integrity as a legislator are qualities the nation needs more of. He refused to comment on the candidacy of Sestak's opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, a former congressman. ... Hagel plans to announce his endorsement Tuesday at news conferences with Sestak in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.