And here are a few meatier pull-outs from that interview:
On running for President:
MR. HUNT: Well, what are the odds that you will get into that (Presidential) race? You’ve said you’ll decide later. But odds as of today?
SEN. HAGEL: I will. Well, I don’t know about odds, Al. I never get into that business. But I will make a decision on my political future in a few months. I have to. I have a second term coming to an end next year. And it will come down –
MR. HUNT: Still seriously considering?
SEN. HAGEL: Well, I’m seriously considering – I hope – some options I might have. And one of those options is to leave politics for awhile. Maybe this is the right time to do it; 12 years in the Senate is a long time. It’s been a tremendous opportunity. Maybe there are some other things I could do to influence the world more effectively.
On meeting with Michael Bloomberg:
SEN. HAGEL: The mayor and I had a delightful dinner. We talked about our families; we talked about backgrounds, the world, Iraq, politics. There was no conversation about the two of us teaming up on a ticket. We did talk about the entire arc of interests that a couple of politicians would, a couple people who are interested in the outcome of mankind, and both engaged in politics. We have a lot of common interests, both businessmen, both have – I think – some general philosophies that coincide. But no, there was no talk of any ticket.
On running as an Independent:
MR. HUNT: Is one of your options to run as an independent?
SEN. HAGEL: Well, I don’t ever foreclose any options. We’ll see how the political world develops. I think we are living at a time here in this country, Al, that is as unpredictably politically as I’ve ever seen maybe in modern times. I think the political currents are running swiftly, deeply, unpredictably. What that then produces in the way of presidential dynamics and options next year I think is still quite unpredictable.
MR. HUNT: I take it that’s a possible.
SEN. HAGEL: It’s a possible.
The rest is pretty much on Iraq, which he calls, “the most significant, dangerous foreign policy blunder this country has made maybe ever.” Otherwise, nothing much too new for him.