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Kaine to vote against Pompeo for secretary of State

Kaine to vote against Pompeo for secretary of State

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms MORE (D-Va.) confirmed on Sunday he will not vote to confirm CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight GOP strategist says Trump is taking 'appropriate stance' with Saudi Arabia Saudi Embassy in DC cancels National Day celebration amid uproar over missing journalist MORE as secretary of State, increasing the likelihood that President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration MORE's nominee could fail to get a positive vote out of committee.

“I have decided to vote against him to be secretary of State," Kaine told CBS News's Margaret Brennan on "Face the Nation."

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“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,” he said. 

Kaine voted to confirm Pompeo as CIA director due to his background working in intelligence, but cited his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and his support of Trump's military action in Syria without congressional approval for voting against him as the nation's top diplomat. 

"Now more than ever, we need a Secretary of State who will stand strong for vigorous U.S. diplomacy. I believe that Mike Pompeo would exacerbate President Trump's weaknesses rather than uphold our diplomatic legacy," Kaine said in a separate statement

On the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulNoisy democracy, or rude people behaving like children? Lawmakers, Wall Street shrug off Trump's escalating Fed attacks Five things to watch for in deteriorating US-Saudi relations MORE (R-Ky.) has also said he will oppose Pompeo. If all of the panel's Democrats vote against Pompeo, he would not get a positive vote out of committee. Kaine sits on the panel.

Pompeo would be the first secretary of State nominee to receive an unfavorable committee vote since 1925, according to CNN.

Most observers think Pompeo would still be confirmed in a Senate floor vote, where centrist Democrats are likely to back his nomination.