Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel said Friday he would consider serving as Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's running mate if asked, but he doesn't expect to be on any ticket.
Hagel's vocal criticism of the Bush administration since the 2003 invasion of Iraq has touched off speculation that if Obama were to pick a Republican running mate, it might be Hagel. Hagel said in an interview with The Associated Press that after devoting much of his life to his country - in the Senate and the U.S. Army - he would have to consider any offer.
Obama Running Mate Contenders
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Barack Obama's hunt is on for the right person to join him on the Democratic ticket. Click through the photos to see some the likely contenders. Play Veepstakes: Vote for the Best Picks