WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - Sunflower power in the U.S. Senate Thursday. Former Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo facing the committee in charge of his nomination to become Secretary of State. President Donald Trump’s nominee faced the Foreign Relations Committee as part of his confirmation process. The hearing for the former Kansas Congressman began with statements from fellow Kansans.
Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) says he believes Pompeo will be diplomatic as Secretary of State.
“I believe that Mike Pompeo’s next challenge in this troubled and tumultuous world is perhaps a challenge for which he is best suited,” said Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS).
Roberts says he will be an unequivocal “yes” on Pompeo when his nomination comes to a vote. If he still had voting power, former Senator Bob Dole would also say “aye.”
“With the experience he has, he’s ready to go,” said Dole.
Dole urged committee members to act quickly to confirm Pompeo. The senators grilled Pompeo for hours over how he would handle a wide range of international issues. Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) says he’s confident the West Point graduate can open dialogues across the world.
“I have no doubt that he can focus his efforts on the diplomatic side,” said Moran.
There are skeptics sitting on the committee that will determine Pompeo’s fate. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has voiced his opposition. One reason he says is Pompeo’s unwillingness to immediately pull out of Afghanistan.
“We literally did win. There’s nobody left alive who plotted to attack us on 9-11,” said Paul.
Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) also hammered the nominee, calling out his opposition to same-sex marriage.
“I do not necessarily concur that you are (putting forward) the values of our nation when you can’t even...when you believe that there are people in our country that are perverse,” said Booker.
The committee will vote on Pompeo’s nomination before heading to the Senate floor for a final vote.