Chafee delays vote on Bolton nomination

What is he thinking?

WASHINGTON — A Senate committee unexpectedly postponed a vote Thursday on confirming John Bolton as U.N. ambassador when a lawmaker in a tough re-election fight said he had more questions.

Supporting the postponement was Sen. Lincoln Chafee, R-R.I., who faces a difficult primary Tuesday against a conservative GOP challenger. Delaying the vote until later could spare Chafee from potentially alienating some GOP voters by supporting or opposing Bolton.

Republicans control the committee by 10-8. A tie vote is not enough to advance a nomination to the full Senate.

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