Second Democratic senator says he'll vote for Pompeo

GOP senator Democratic opposition to Pompeo 'driven 100 percent by politics'

Greg Nash

John McCain, R-Ariz., absent, and Paul opposed, McConnell likely has 49 votes in favor of the nomination. Sen. "The Dems will not approve hundreds of good people", Trump tweeted early Monday. "Need more Republicans!" the president wrote. Now with Manchin's vote joining Heitkamp's, Pompeo can afford to lose another Republican vote and still be confirmed.

The full Senate is still expected to consider Pompeo's nomination later this week. But progressive groups are pounding senators' offices in opposition to Pompeo's hawkish foreign policy views and negative comments about gay marriage and Muslims.

All Democrats on the committee are expected to vote against Pompeo, 54.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and President Donald Trump took Senate Democrats to task for opposing the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.

"Each president of the United States has the right to select his cabinet and, absent some major nominee flaw, it is incumbent upon the Senate to confirm those nominees so that the president can put together the team he needs to properly carry out his duties".

"I think Mike Pompeo will go down as one of the great secretary of states", he said.

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"Democrats have to decide whether they love this country more than they hate this President", Sanders told "Fox and Friends" co-hosts on Monday.

"To stop that would be incredibly unsafe and damaging for our country and for the world", she said.

"I believe our nation's top diplomat must be forthright, and, more critically, (Pompeo's) past sentiments do not reflect our nation's values", Menendez said last week in announcing his no vote.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., who was on the list of past Democrats around the panel to announce that his vote, " said he is concerned that Pompeo "will embolden, " as opposed to reasonable or control" Trump's "most populous and instincts that are unsafe". As Bob Corker mentioned, both Hillary Clinton and John Kerry received 94 votes for confirmation despite their status as once and future presidential candidates. "Pompeo demonstrated during this nomination process and during our meeting in March that he is committed to empowering the diplomats at the State Department so they can do their jobs in advancing American interests", Heitkamp said in a statement announcing her support. He also expressed frustration that Pompeo had not previously mentioned his visit to North Korea in conversations with him.

In this April 12, 2018, photo, Secretary of State-designate Mike Pompeo speaks during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his confirmation on Capitol Hill in Washington. GOP leaders seem confident that some other Democrats will join Heitkamp, and they have been targeting those with hard reelection battles this year in states that Trump carried in 2016. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) took to Twitter to respond to Trump's claim that those opposing Pompeo are obstructionists.

All eyes had been on a handful of moderate Democrats who Republicans are trying to win over, including Manchin and Sens.

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