Sen. Tim Kaine confirms opposition to Pompeo confirmation

Kaine to vote against Pompeo for secretary of State

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) said Sunday that he would vote against CIA Director Mike Pompeo’s nomination to be secretary of state, reducing the odds that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will recommend his confirmation. “We need a secretary of state who’s going to stand up for strong diplomacy, and I don’t believe that is Director Pompeo’s inclination,” Kaine said on CBS News’ Face the Nation. Kaine backed Pompeo’s confirmation as CIA director, citing his experience on intelligence matters, but he said in a separate statement that the hawkish Pompeo “would exacerbate President Trump’s weaknesses rather than uphold our diplomatic legacy.” Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) also plans to oppose Pompeo, so Republicans would need to win over a Democrat for Pompeo to get a positive committee vote.

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