Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State

Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats join striking McDonald's workers Billionaire's M gift to Morehouse grads points way to student debt solution Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that he will oppose Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Details on Senate's 0B defense bill | Bill rejects Trump plan to skirt budget caps | Backfills money for border wall | Defense chief says more troops could head to Mideast Trump defense chief: US may send more troops to Middle East amid Iran tensions Pompeo slams 'unconscionable' release of 'American Taliban' MORE to lead the State Department days before his nomination hearing. 

"Mike Pompeo is absolutely the wrong choice to serve as the United States’ top diplomat, and I will vote against him," Sanders said in a statement. 

Pompeo, who is currently CIA director, is slated to testify before the Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday.

Sanders isn't a member of the panel and previously opposed Pompeo's nomination to lead the CIA. 

He added on Monday that "we need a secretary of State who will represent the best principles of the United States to the rest of the world."

Sanders pointed to Pompeo's position on climate change, "longstanding relationship with anti-Muslim extremists" and "hawkish" foreign policy views.

Potential 2020 White House contenders, including Sanders, have taken some of the firmest positions against Trump's nominees.

But because nominations only need a simple majority, Pompeo could skate through without any Democratic support. 

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Hillicon Valley: Assange hit with 17 more charges | Facebook removes record 2.2B fake profiles | Senate passes anti-robocall bill | Senators offer bill to help companies remove Huawei equipment On The Money: Senate passes disaster aid bill after deal with Trump | Trump to offer B aid package for farmers | House votes to boost retirement savings | Study says new tariffs to double costs for consumers MORE (R-Ky.) has said he will oppose Pompeo, leaving Republicans with the 50 minimum votes if every other GOP senator supports it. 

But he could also pick up Democratic support. More than a dozen Democratic senators voted for Pompeo's nomination for CIA chief.