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Chuck Hagel, the outspoken Republican senator from Nebraska, is a decorated Vietnam veteran and a leading GOP critic of the Iraq war.

Not so long ago, he was also viewed as an '08 presidential contender. But he's set aside whatever White House ambitions he may have had, and he's even announced that he won't be running again for the Senate.

That doesn't mean he'll go quietly. He's out with a new book, and some hard-hitting observations on America's direction.

This hour, On Point: GOP Senator Chuck Hagel on Iraq, the '08 race, and America's future.Guest:

Chuck Hagel, a Republican, is the senior U.S. senator from Nebraska. His new book is "America: Our Next Chapter."

This program aired on March 26, 2008.

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