'Irresponsible Stupidity': Rove Sounds Off on Some Dems Opposing Pompeo Nomination

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U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin announced Wednesday that he opposes the nomination of Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo to serve as President Donald Trump's next secretary of state.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo speaks at his confirmation hearing to become secretary of state.

"The Secretary of State has a much broader policy portfolio than the CIA Director".

President Donald Trump, however, expressed confidence that his choice would be confirmed despite some opposition from his party.

If Democrats block Pompeo, voters will recognize their efforts for what they are: obstruction and political grand-standing.

Paul told reporters on Capitol Hill that Trump called him a "few minutes ago" and asked for him to meet with Pompeo and he will.

Never before in at least a century has a secretary of state nominee received an unfavorable recommendation from the Foreign Relations Committee, according to information provided by the Senate Historical Office.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can still bring his nomination to the floor for a vote before the full Senate, where Republicans have a one-seat advantage over Democrats.

If Mr Pompeo loses the committee vote next week, his nomination will move to a full floor vote in the Senate.

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Meanwhile, another Republican committee member, Sen.

All but one Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has come out in opposition to Pompeo as secretary of State. Rand has said he opposes Pompeo because of his support for the Iraq War.

In Florida, Trump told reporters before a lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe that he expected Paul would change his mind.

"Senator, as I - I think I said this to Senator Kaine, I'm happy to repeat my view on this". With Paul a "no" vote and Sen. The Senate Historical Office says that hasn't happened since 2001, when Theodore Olson was confirmed as USA solicitor general after the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected his selection on a 9-9 vote.

Today at 1 pm, Counselor to the President, Kellyanne Conway and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) held a press briefing on Pompeo's nomination. John McCain (R., Ariz.) has been at home undergoing cancer treatments, narrowing their margin further.

Cotton singled out Sens. Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri - all of whom are up for re-election this year in states that Trump won by big margins in 2016. "So, that's my main concern and I just want to make sure that that's loud and clear to everyone that is my concern", Paul repeated.

Republicans who back Pompeo accuse Democrats of playing politics at time when the country needs a secretary of state to deal with such crises as North Korea and Syria.

Senator Shaheen said in a statement on Tuesday she was unable to support Pompeo due to previous statements he has made on LGBT rights, American Muslims and women's reproductive rights. As an institutionalist, Schumer "thinks that unless a person is unqualified, the president has the right to pick" his top people.