May 31st, 2009
09:49 AM ET
9 years ago

Hutchison: Filibuster against Sotomayor not likely

(CNN) - Texas Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison suggested Sunday she doubts Republicans will press for a filibuster to prevent Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor from receiving a confirmation vote.

"I don't think that the need for filibuster will be there unless we have not had a chance to look at the record fully," Hutchison told CNN's John King on State of The Union. I have voted for [cloture] sometimes even when I voted against the nominee if I felt that I knew enough about the nominee. I think it will be determined in that way."

Hutchison, who has established an exploratory committee to run for governor of Texas, also said members of her party need to adopt a "solid respectful tone" while examining Sotomayor's record.

"I definitely think we need to have the respectful tone and we need to look at the record. We need to be just very - we need to have the responsibilities that have been put on us by the constitution taken very seriously," Hutchison said. "And I think that having a solid respectful tone, arguing the facts, not trying to label someone, I think is important. And I think going forward that's what you'll see from the senators who are involved in this process."

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  1. Loup Garou 782

    What a pity that Kay Bailey Hutchison Rep. Texas is practicing amnesia and choosing to forget the treatment of Judge Alito, Miguel Estrada, Judge Robert Bork and others. Is it really selective amnesia or is she taking the same path as colin powell?

    May 31, 2009 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  2. Lynn

    Typical GOP tactics...let the unelected mouthpieces say what the far right want to hear and the elected officials seem like the thoughtful ones so as not to completely drive away the Hispanic votes. this has nothing to do with qualifications but about elections.

    May 31, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. JT

    @ib – Apparently you haven't attended a Palin/McCain/RNC/Limbaugh kkk rally.

    May 31, 2009 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  4. To: Phoenix86

    "just shut up, will you"

    that was your own words this week

    "You seem caught up in the mass-hysteria and total intollerance of the liberal left in the US, where anyone who holds a different opinion than you is quickly attacked as racist, hateful, etc. Until you and your friends learn to have a civil discussion without immediately dropping into elementary school prose, you simply sow the seeds of continued ignorance."

    I think you need to heed your own words and "just shut up"

    May 31, 2009 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  5. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    Kay Hutchison knoiws she better talk nice nice about a latin woman. Her home state of Texas has many latin voters and she knows it.

    She has an upcoming election to think about.

    If McCain had chosen Hutchison over Palin, the election would have been much closer.

    At least this woman has a brain.

    May 31, 2009 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  6. Patty, Atlanta GA

    The Rebubbalicans are truly pathetic.

    How can they take an intellectually honest statement that people's experiences shape their views and opinions.

    Is there any question that Tony Scalia makes decisions based on his conservative experiences? PATHETIC!

    May 31, 2009 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  7. texas democrat

    Amazing how people who are thinking about running for governor are playing nice in public and calling for "respect". I think she is absolutely right that people should vote based on facts and not labels. I believe that any Republican even saying the word "filibuster" without hearing the facts is a politician who is not working in our best interest. However, I will still not vote for Hutchison for governor.

    May 31, 2009 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  8. Dave from Jacksonville

    @annie for Palin:
    To profess to support Palin demonstrates your intellectual abilities- Now, so you can are stupid!

    May 31, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  9. sensible Cape Coral FL

    If President Obama nominated Jesus Christ, you can be sure the Republicans would object. After all Jesus Christ was a RADICAL

    There are some people you can never please. Maybe we shouldn't even try.

    May 31, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. BeefMasterX

    Republicans are weak. The Democrats would have already barbequed her.

    May 31, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  11. Charlie in Maine

    It is time to stop pretending that putting big business first is "fair" and putting people first is "biased". The Constitution should come first every time. The first three words of the constitution are "We the People". This is as refreshing and wonderful an idea today as it was 233 years ago. When it was written it could have said "We the landholding white men of America" but it did not. The framers had it right. Every thing we do as a Nation to make "We the People" a reality advances not only our own Nation but the whole world. Making Sonia Sotomayor a Supreme Court Justice will advance this cause as does the election of the man who chose her.

    May 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  12. Ames Tiedeman, Austin, Texas

    This is exactly why I have left the Republican Party in the dust. I am a CONSERVATIVE. I am not longer a Republican. The Rupublican party is in shambles. Sotomayor is a complete disgrace to Western Civilization. If they have not the integrity or guts to stand up to this abomination then they can go the way of the buggy whip.

    May 31, 2009 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  13. Joe

    It is what it is.

    May 31, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  14. Ben

    I hear the "Hate Speech" aka "Talk Radio" at work. The way they rave against her you'd think she'd be some Lovecraftian monster eating live children. That makes me relieved. If they were going "Well, she's liberal and I disagree, but she has some good points..." I'd worry she was some kind of "Plant" to enforce the elite's agenda which isn't left or right but to just turn us into their slaves.

    May 31, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  15. Dave from Jacksonville

    The issue you mentioned(10:19am) was put to rest long ago during the campaign....Please get in the same year as the rest of us.
    As for abortion... your precious Republicans had ample time to change the laws(Nixon,Reagan, Bush 1 and 2), but chose to not even try. In fact, they do NOT want to overturn "Roe vs. Wade" because, then you will have one less reason to vote for the vile, rich loving creatures.

    May 31, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  16. Michael the Moderate

    I think everyone on this post should take a step back and realize that everyone is calling everyone else names. I can only assume that you aren't a bunch of 7th graders, because I imagine children at that age have better things to do than troll a CNN forum.

    I think that the left and the right need a third party to seperate them. I am calling it "The Party for the American Center" as a working title. Its job will be to represent the moderates of America, and to promote respectful dialog and compromise in politics. It will occupy the center of the policitcal spectrum, thus freeing for the GOP and the DEM to cater to their wings. Coming soon to a polling booth near you.

    May 31, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. ronvan

    NO filibuster! Right, and I am going to the moon today.

    May 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Del

    Once again, John King has betrayed his obnoxious self-interest in his investigation of Sotomayor.Equating the relatively new Colombian community in Queens with the long-standing Puerto Rican community in the Bronx is the height of ignorance.
    John – Puerto Ricans are born citizens of the US, and their situation is unique among Hispanic residents. Your coverage was completely apples and oranges. You are clueless!!!!

    May 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. TR

    It's a good thing we found out that there are only a small minority of Americans who are so knee-jerk to the right that their idols are named Limbaugh, Gingrich, Chaney or Palin. They can blather on all they want- they lost, and lost big-time. And for a very good reason. The vast majority of Americans do NOT think they way they do. Good riddance to them- we took America back for real Americans.

    May 31, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. rexx

    Sorry but Obama would never nominate Jesus. NARAL and Planned Parenthood would never let him ....

    May 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  21. To: Skyview-- know your verses

    Skyview, don't throw around Bible verses pretending that they support a Pro-Choice position. You say, "they know nothing of Exodus 21:22-25, yet they fight against a woman's choice." That verse references a pregnant slave, who does NOT have equal rights, and thus the child is compensated according to the ruling of the judge.

    Why do you think the judge awards a payment? Because abortion is WRONG. If it were okay, then why would the judge in the verse you cite be awarding damages? It's only sad that it's a money payment– the penalty would be worse if it wasn't a pregnant slave who had been harmed. There are so many verses in the Bible supporting the pro-Life position, and God's love for ALL types of people (all colors, genders, mental and physical abilities), that to see the pro-choicer's twist verses is laughable. Loving people means caring for the poor, the sick, the elderly, and even those cannot speak or defend themselves– whether because of disease, youth, or any reason. Love people.

    May 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Peoples Voice

    She said, "we need to have the responsibilities that have been put on us by the constitution taken very seriously,"

    Why did the GOP wait until after GWB and Cheney trashed the constitution before showing respect for it. A little late, Babe.

    May 31, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. heather

    Just reading through the comments and how personal the attacks are on one another personifies what our political dialogue has become. Some of you express true concerns about substance and form while the rest choose to attack a person because she spells her name in lower case. The issues at hand are serious – we voted in a President that has an agenda that strikes a chord with many but is leading us far afield from the ideals upon which this country was founded. Labeling each other as facists, racists , Demmies , NeoCons obscures the facts. If people really want a healthy dialogue they should read as much as they can , from as many sources as possible to enjoy a 360 perspective. That is the only way we can rise above the pettiness and really make a difference. If after all of that , you are comfortable about your positions then you can have a conversation based on facts – not emotions – and commit to the changes you want to see. Simply voting and then whining about the outcome ( good or bad ) is the definitiion of passive. Get involved , vote your educated conscious and be brave enough to stand by your convictions. But be INFORMED! We are better than what is written here.

    May 31, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. The Party of NO is only “pro-life” so they will be able to kill the “babies” 18 years later as soldiers in an elective religious war.

    Keep striving for "party purity".

    It is great that the quest to achieve "christian values" and "party purity" has shown the true racist and bigoted faction, and ripped the mask of civility from the face of this party.

    Lush wants President Obama "to fail" due to his "socialist" views but the latest poll numbers show two thirds of Americans are happy to be covered by a "big government" advocating "socialism".

    Of course, the 21% that still identify with republicans will quote from the Holy Book of Fables and use hype filtered for centuries by the small mind of mankind to "justify" what God "really meant".

    God will not be happy about using his name in vain, as you republican "christians" will learn on Judgment Day.

    Until then I pray for the "rapture", were that to happen, all of you good “christians” would all be swept up in God’s “rapture”, oops I mean John Darby’s defined “rapture” my bad, but with the legions of the Party of NO gone, it would just be us heathens left to deal with plague, disease, pestilence and a number of those pesky Horsemen.
    However, if you are not here, then the vision of the High Priestess of Heathens, Belinda Carlisle’s proclamation that “Heaven is a Place on Earth” will finally come to fruition!

    Of course, after 7 blissful years, we may have to rejoin you religious fanatics and that by definition, would indeed be Hell!

    May 31, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  25. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    What a party of spineless obedient cowards the GOP has become. They are going to sit back and let this RACIST go to the supreme court. Sickening!

    May 31, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
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