Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State

Sanders to oppose Pompeo's nomination for State
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersHow to stand out in the crowd: Kirsten Gillibrand needs to find her niche Biden, Sanders edge Trump in hypothetical 2020 matchups in Fox News poll O'Rourke tests whether do-it-yourself campaign can work on 2020 stage MORE (I-Vt.) said Monday that he will oppose Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoFive things to watch as AIPAC conference kicks off US sanctions Venezuelan bank after Guaidó aide's arrest The Hill's Morning Report — Washington readies for Mueller end game 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 PaulHillicon Valley: Mueller delivers report, ending investigation | FEMA exposed info of 2.3M disaster survivors | Facebook asks judge to toss DC privacy lawsuit | Trump picks his first CTO | FCC settles lawsuit over net neutrality records Transparency advocate says government agencies face 'use it or lose it' spending Republicans need solutions on environment too 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.