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Diplomacy Over Obstruction

Mike Reed - April 12, 2018

Last year, 14 Democrat Senators voted to confirm Mike Pompeo at CIA.

Democrat leaders like Sens. Schumer, Feinstein, Warner, and Kaine praised Pompeo and voted affirmatively that he was highly qualified to lead the agency responsible for our national security.

Senators up for reelection in states President Trump won by large margins did the same. Sens. Heitkamp, Manchin, McCaskill, and Donnelly all supported him, praising his “distinguished career,” and said he is “above partisan politics.”

But now, Bernie Sanders is mobilizing the far-left to oppose Pompeo’s nomination to run the State Dept.

Should red-state Senators who supported Pompeo last year suddenly reverse their position and follow Bernie down the path of obstruction, they will pay a heavy price trying to explain to constituents why they chose to side with the resistance wing of the party over the nomination of a highly qualified individual in the nation’s top diplomatic post.

WaPo reports that “Mike Pompeo’s confirmation is on the fast track” and Democrats behind the scenes “acknowledge… there is huge pressure to get Pompeo confirmed and in place quickly.”

Heck, even Hillary Clinton recently praised Pompeo’s tenure at CIA and is hopeful about the future of the State Department under his leadership.

Democrat Senators should put diplomacy over obstruction.

See more below from RNC Research:

Support Pompeo, Not Partisanship

Experts Project Former CIA Director Mike Pompeo To Be A "Bright And Promising" Secretary Of State

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TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • National Security experts and others have applauded President Trump's decision to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be Secretary of State.
    • The Brookings Institute's Michael O'Hanlon said he was encouraged President Trump had "chosen such a bright and promising new leader for Foggy Bottom."
    • The New York Times' Bret Stephens: "Mike Pompeo is good for diplomacy."
    • CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto said Pompeo "knows his stuff."
  • 14 Democratic Senators voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as CIA Director, including Joe Donnelly, Dianne Feinstein, Maggie Hassan, Heidi Heitkamp, Tim Kaine, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Manchin, Claire McCaskill, Jack Reed, Brian Schatz, Chuck Schumer, Jeanne Shaheen, Mark Warner, and Sheldon Whitehouse.
    • Ranking Intelligence Committee Member Mark Warner (D-VA) voted to confirm Pompeo saying "his former colleagues and staff on the committee speak highly of him, even when they disagree."
    • Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) voted to confirm Pompeo, saying that Pompeo would "provide wise counsel and objective advice to President Trump."
    • Diane Feinstein's (D-CA) statement on her vote to confirm Pompeo as CIA Director described him as "smart, hard-working and devoted to protecting our country."

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PRAISE FOR MIKE POMPEO AS SECRETARY OF STATE

President Trump's Decision To Nominate Mike Pompeo As Secretary Of State Has Garnered Praise From Intelligence Officials, Journalists, And Pundits

The Brookings Institution's Michael O' Hanlon Said He Was Encouraged "Trump Has Chosen Such A Bright And Promising New Leader For Foggy Bottom." "I am encouraged that Trump has chosen such a bright and promising new leader for Foggy Bottom, while also now planning to elevate a woman to the directorship of the CIA for the first time in our history." (Michael E. O'Hanlon, "Mike Pompeo Has His Work Cut Out For Him," Brookings Institution , 03/14/18)

  • O' Hanlon Said That "By All Accounts, Pompeo Is Smart And Has A Good Relationship With Trump." "By all accounts, Pompeo is smart and has a good relationship with Trump." (Michael E. O'Hanlon, "Mike Pompeo Has His Work Cut Out For Him," Brookings Institution , 03/14/18)
  • O'Hanlon Is Director Of Research For The Foreign Policy Program At The Brookings Institution And A Former Member Of The External Advisory Board Of The Central Intelligence Agency. "Michael O'Hanlon is a senior fellow in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he specializes in U.S. defense strategy, the use of military force, and American national security policy. He is also director of research for the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. He is an adjunct professor at Columbia, Princeton, and Syracuse universities and University of Denver. He is also a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies. O'Hanlon was a member of the external advisory board at the Central Intelligence Agency from 2011 to 2012." ("Michael O'Hanlon," Brookings Institution , Accessed 04/10/18)

The New York Times ' Bret Stephens Wrote That With The Nomination Of Mike Pompeo To Be Secretary Of State, "The Interests Of American Diplomacy" Would Succeed. "And, in the nomination of C.I.A. Director Mike Pompeo to succeed Tillerson, so will the interests of American diplomacy." (Bret Stephens, "Mike Pompeo Is Good For Diplomacy," The New York Times , 03/15/18)

The Brookings Institutions' Amanda Sloat Said Pompeo Will Bring "Firsthand Knowledge Of Legislative Politics And Congressional Relations," Which Will Make Him A More "Credible Interlocutor Internationally." "Pompeo has served in the House of Representatives, so he brings firsthand knowledge of legislative politics and congressional relationships, and he also has Trump's ear, which will make him a more credible interlocutor internationally." (Amanda Sloat, "Get Ready For Secretary Of State Mini Trump," Brookings Institution , 03/14/18)

  • Sloat: "Mike Pompeo Earned A Solid Reputation As A Manager At The CIA…" "Mike Pompeo earned a solid reputation as a manager at the CIA, so he will hopefully take steps to rebuild morale at the State Department and re-empower its much-maligned officials." (Amanda Sloat, "Get Ready For Secretary Of State Mini Trump," Brookings Institution , 03/14/18)
  • Amanda Sloat Is A Senior Fellow In The Center On The United States And Europe at Brookings And A Nonresident Fellow In The Ash Center At Harvard Kennedy School. "Amanda Sloat is a Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings. She is also a nonresident fellow in the Ash Center at Harvard Kennedy School. Her areas of expertise include Turkey and Southern Europe, British politics, the European Union's foreign policy, and trans-Atlantic relations." ("Amanda Sloat," Brookings Institution , Accessed 04/10/18)

Xenia Wickett Of Chatham House: Pompeo Is Likely To Be A "More Effective Secretary Of State Then His Predecessor." "The bottom line is that Pompeo's improved relationship with Trump is likely to make him a more effective secretary of state than his predecessor." (Xenia Wickett, "Expect The New US Secretary Of State To Be Both More Effective And More Hawkish," Chatham House , 03/16/18)

  • Wickett Is The Head Of The US And The Americas Programme At Chatham House, And The Former Executive Director For Research At The Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center. "Xenia Wickett is the head of the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House and the dean of the Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs. As of 2016, she also serves as a commissioner of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission. Prior to Chatham House, Xenia was the executive director of the PeaceNexus Foundation and director of the project on India and the Subcontinent and executive director for research at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center." ("Xenia Wickett," Chatham House , Accessed 4/10/18)

CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto Said Mike Pompeo "Knows His Stuff." CNN CHIEF NATIONAL SECURITY CORRESPONDENT JIM SCIUTTO: "Mike Pompeo, smart guy. Graduated first in his class at West Point, served in Congress, ran the CIA, knows his stuff." (CNN's "Newsroom" 03/13/18)

Former Member Of President George W. Bush's National Security Council Michael Allen Called Pompeo A "Terrific Member" And A "Quick Study." FORMER BUSH NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL MEMBER MICHAEL ALLEN: "So Director Pompeo, he was a member of Congress from Kansas, was on the House Intelligence Committee when I served as staff director. He was a terrific member, a quick study. Got things done the first time." (CNN's "At This Hour," 03/13/18)

POMPEO WAS OVERWHELMINGLY CONFIRMED AS CIA DIRECTOR

During His Nomination For CIA Director, Then-Rep. Pompeo Was Supported By Democratic Leaders And Top Intelligence Officials Who Called Him "Smart," "Hard-Working," And An "Effective Leader"

Then-Rep. Pompeo Was Confirmed By The Senate With 66 Votes To Be The CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17)

  • 14 Democratic Senators Voted In Favor Of Pompeo For CIA Director. "The 66-32 roll call Monday by which the Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo to be director of the Central Intelligence Agency. A 'yes' vote is a vote to confirm the nomination. Voting yes were 14 Democrats, 51 Republicans and 1 independent." ("Senate Roll Vote Confirming Mike Pompeo To Be CIA Director," The Associated Press , 1/23/17)

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Schumer Voted Yea)

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Feinstein Voted Yea)

  • Feinstein's Statement On Her Vote To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director Describes Him As "Smart, Hard-Working And Devoted To Protecting Our Country." "When I met with Congressman Pompeo in person, he provided straightforward answers to my questions, which I appreciated. And those who work closely with him, including Congressman Adam Schiff on the House Intelligence Committee, say he is smart, hard-working and devoted to protecting our country." (Press Release, Feinstein Statement On Mike Pompeo Confirmation Vote, Sen. Dianne Feinstein , 01/23/17)

Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Kaine Voted Yea)

  • Upon Voting For His Confirmation, Kaine Stated That Pompeo Had A "Keen Understanding Of The CIA's Role In The Intelligence Community," And That He Wanted The Administration To "Trust His Agency And Listen To Its Findings." "U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, released the following statement today on his vote to confirm Representative Mike Pompeo as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA): 'I voted in favor of the nomination of Representative Mike Pompeo for Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. With his experience on the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Pompeo has a keen understanding of the CIA's role in the intelligence community. He appears ready to support our intelligence workforce and knowledgeable about our nation's current cyber threats. I hope that the new Administration will trust his agency and listen to its findings.'" (Press Release, "Kaine Statement On Vote To Confirm Representative Mike Pompeo As CIA Director," Sen. Tim Kaine , 01/23/17)

Ranking Member Of The Select Committee On Intelligence Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Warner Voted Yea)

  • Warner Said He Believed Pompeo Could Be "An Effective Leader Of The CIA." "While Congressman Pompeo and I disagree on many issues, I believe he can be an effective leader of the CIA." (Sen. Mark Warner, Congressional Record , 01/23/17, p. S371)
  • Warner: " His Former Colleagues And Staff On The Committee Speak Highly Of Him, Even When They Disagree." "His former colleagues and staff on the committee speak highly of him, even when they disagree." (Sen. Mark Warner, Congressional Record , 01/23/17, p. S371)

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Manchin Voted Yea)

  • Manchin Said That Pompeo Has Held A Distinguished Career In Public Service And That Pompeo Would "Provide Wise Counsel And Objective Advice To President Trump." "'Today I voted to confirm Mike Pompeo as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. As a former Governor, I understand how crucial it is for an executive leader to have his team in place, especially his security team, as soon as possible. Director Pompeo has had a distinguished career in public service and I believe he will provide wise counsel and objective advice to President Trump on our nation's security. The employees of the CIA deserve credit for their daily, unseen and unrecognized work to keep America safe, and Mike Pompeo is the right man to lead them.'" (Press Release, "Manchin Votes To Confirm Director Pompeo," Sen. Joe Manchin , 01/23/17)

Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Donnelly Voted Yea)

Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Heitkamp Voted Yea)

  • Heitkamp Said Pompeo Demonstrated Through His Hearing And His Time In The House of Representatives That He Was A "Qualified Pick To Lead The Agency." " U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp issued the following statement after voting with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate to confirm Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas to lead the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 'The CIA is instrumental in protecting our national security and keeping Americans safe, and a bipartisan majority of the U.S. Senate voted to confirm the administration's nominee to lead the agency,' said Heitkamp. 'During his hearing before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Rep. Pompeo expressed an understanding of how vital the agency's mission is, and promised the agency would remain above partisan politics to effectively do its job. Rep. Pompeo demonstrated during his hearing-and has demonstrated in his time in the House of Representatives-that he's a qualified pick to lead the agency.'" (Press Release, "Heitkamp: U.S. Senate Votes To Confirm CIA Director," Sen. Dianne Feinstein , 01/24/17)

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, McCaskill Voted Yea)

Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Hassan Voted Yea)

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Klobuchar Voted Yea)

Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Reed Voted Yea)

Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Schatz Voted Yea)

Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Shaheen Voted Yea)

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) Voted To Confirm Pompeo As CIA Director. (Pompeo Nomination, Roll Call Vote PN 43 : Approved 66-32: R-51-1; D-14-31-2, 01/23/17, Whitehouse Voted Yea)

Pompeo Also Received Substantial Praise When He Was Nominated To Be CIA Director

Former Obama Administration CIA Director Leon Panetta Called Pompeo Somebody "Who Understands The Intelligence Agencies, Is Smart And I Think Will Be A Good Director." CNN'S ERIN BURNETT: "Do you also support Congressman Pompeo for Chief of the CIA?" FORMER CIA DIRECTOR LEON PANETTA: "Yes, I do. I think he somebody who understands the intelligence agencies, is smart, and I think will be a good director." (CNN's "Outfront" 01/12/17)

Former Obama Administration CIA Director John Brennan Said That He Looked "Forward To Being Able To Hand This Baton Off To Somebody Who Is As Dedicated An American As Mike Pompeo Is." FORMER CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN: "And I look forward to being able to hand this baton off to somebody who is as dedicated American as Mike Pompeo is, a former military officer and a serving member of Congress and somebody who is savoring the opportunity to come here to CIA." (NPR's " Conflict Zones ," 12/23/16)

Former CIA Director General Michael Hayden Said He Was "Heartened" By The Choice Of Mike Pompeo For CIA Director. FORMER CIA DIRECTOR MICHAEL HAYDEN: "I think so. I was actually heartened by that pick. I actually am aware that the broader intelligence community was heartened by that pick. I mean, he's got as much experience going into that job as Leon Panetta did and I think Leon did a wonderful job and he's highly regarded at the agency. The people know him from the House intelligence committee have always said he was serious, he studied the issues, he was worth talking to." (ABC's "This Week,' 11/20/16)

  • Hayden: Congressman Pompeo Is "Viewed As A Serious Guy, Someone Who Does Look For Data, Who Does Look For Facts." HAYDEN: "Again, Congressman Pompeo has been viewed as a serious guy, someone who does look for data, who does look for facts." (ABC's "This Week,' 11/20/16)

Ranking Member On The House Intelligence Committee Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) Called Pompeo "Bright And Hardworking," And "Willing To Listen And Engage, Both Key Qualities In A CIA Director." " 'Mike is very bright and hard-working and will devote himself to helping the agency develop the best possible intelligence for policymakers,' Schiff said. 'While we have had our share of strong differences - principally on the politicization of the tragedy in Benghazi - I know that he is someone who is willing to listen and engage, both key qualities in a CIA Director.'" (Greg Miller, "Trump's CIA Pick Is Seen As Both A Fierce Partisan And Serious Student Of National Security Issues," The Washington Post , 11/18/16)

 


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