May 26th, 2009
02:35 PM ET
5 years ago

Rubio 'deeply concerned' about Sotomayor's background

Marco Rubio is running for Senate in Florida.
Marco Rubio is running for Senate in Florida.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, the former Florida Speaker of the House competing in a Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, is "deeply concerned" about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.

And though Rubio is an up-and-coming Cuban-American politician in a battleground state where Hispanic voters can often tip elections, he believes Sotomayor's legal record should be the focal point of the nomination process - not her heritage.

Crist has not weighed in on the nomination. Rubio issued the following statement:

"I look forward to hearing more about Judge Sotomayor and her views about the proper role of the courts and judicial activism. The role the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, not to make law. Given this, I am deeply concerned about Judge Sotomayor's past comment that the courts are 'where policy is made' and look forward to hearing her explanation and defense of that view.

"Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing and respectful treatment, but there is much in her legal background that is troubling and demands scrutiny and honest discussion. I hope that a serious examination of her record and beliefs will not be shelved or cast aside simply so Democrats can attempt to claim political credit for a 'historic' court nomination."


Filed under: Marco Rubio • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (163 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    The judicial record of this judge is absolutely horrible; many of her federal court rulings have been overturned because they have been deemed unconstitutional. How can we put a judge in place that holds her own political agenda over that of the U.S. CONSTITUTION? When you look at the recent appointments of Mr. Obama I would probably check her taxes before they confirm her. This is just another silly person appointed by an administration of silly persons.

    May 26, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  2. Bev

    Rubio we know you know. Justices are based on feelings with Mr. Hope and Change so you can forget about fair and honest treatment.

    May 26, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Tom Paine

    Sotomayor has a great resume and a history of focusing on race and being overturned.

    The fact she's Hispanic, or a woman or whatever else means little. She needs to explain the comments she's made over the years about race and her (in)ability to be an impartial judge.

    May 26, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  4. Bill in California

    THE SMUGNESS OF A PARTY COMPLETELY RELIGATED TO POWER by the people on CYCLICAL BASIS is amazing to say the least. It wasn't so long ago the death knoll was for the DIMORATS. So do what the lefties do, put everyone on the dole, appoint Superior Court judges ON A MISSION. Enjoy it while you can...incidentally even California gets it right every now and then.

    May 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  5. DLHanna

    The supreme court interprets the constitution with little or no regard of the law. Congress makes laws with little or no regard of the constitution. How very odd.

    May 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  6. isaac

    oh please no matter how you put it any judge's decision, lib or con, basically looks like legislation.

    May 26, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Anna, MD

    Leave it to the GOpers to put hispanic against hispanic. Just like they need Mike Steele to speak out against Barack. It won't work. They have their puppets, but America isn't paying attention. This Rubio guy can just go sit down somewhere, because this nomination is a done deal.

    May 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Lorraine Hynes

    Did this young whipper snapper speak up when Renquist allowed 2nd votes for Supreme Court Justices during the 2000 election? I think not.

    The whole thing's a joke.

    May 26, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. Koki

    Floridians, specially republicans cuban-american, what a joke!!!

    May 26, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  10. Pragmatic

    These people were "troubled" before Souter had finished his sentence! Jesus Christ Himself would be "too liberal"! Easy to ignore that Sotomayor has been appointed as a judge by both Bush 41 and Clinton, both times approved by the Senate.

    Now let's see if the party of an '"up or down vote" will turn tail – saying that they were for her as a judge before they were against her .... anyone posting her have better credentials and more experience for the job?

    May 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  11. David in Dallas

    For Kim in Michigan-I agree that judges shouldn't legislate from the bench but for Republicans that applies only to those who don't follow the Republican ultra-conservative party line. Those judges that the Republicans worship-Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and Alito, practice judicial activism all of the time. It just happens to be extreme conservative judicial activism, and that seem to be just fine to the Republicans. It is the Republican party hypocricy that continues to amaze me.

    May 26, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
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