June 19th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
5 years ago

Republican senator won't meet with Sotomayor

Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor.
Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor.

(CNN) - As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, at least one senator is refusing to meet with her.

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who previously voted against Sotomayor's current post as a federal appeals court judge, told the Tulsa World Thursday it is a "foregone conclusion" that he would not support Obama's pick for the high court.

"If you voted against anyone on the circuit [court], I have never been able to see how you turn around when the bar is actually higher and support it at a higher level," Inhofe also said.

So when it came time for Sotomayor to meet with Inhofe to discuss her judicial philosophy, the Oklahoman declined.

"The reason is he already knows how he is going to vote and it's probably best not to take up her time, she's very busy," Inhofe communications director Jared Young told CNN.

Meanwhile, fellow Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, also a Republican, met with Sotomayor Thursday, having what he described as a "philosophical discussion" with the high court nominee.

"It was more a philosophical discussion [about] life, problems in our country, difficulties we face," Coburn said.

Inhofe isn't the first Republican to explicitly proclaim his opposition to Sotomayor. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts - who also voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the appeals court 11 years ago - said late last month he would again oppose her. A spokeswoman for Roberts did not know if the Kansas Republican has plans to meet with the nominee.

Sotomayor has met with more than 70 senators since Obama tapped her for the Supreme Court late last month.


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  1. Paul from Kissimmee

    Maybe she should go back to Puerto Rico, since there would be so much wisdom and they can come up with better conclusions. Oh wait. That's right. The place SUCKS! It's full of Puerto Ricans!

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  2. gl, From Pittsburgh

    Once again it is an old white racist fool and hate miniorties. Wait until the lost all the miniority voters in 2010 and 2012 and maybe they will stop being so nasty to miniorities. Action speaks louder then words. ACITION WILL PREVAIL IN 2010 ADN 2012.

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  3. Coloradem

    Dave B.,

    He was elected from Oklahoma.......they also elected Coburn, a man who sterilized a patient without her permission. What more needs to be said?

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Bella

    And Republicans wonder why they're circling the drain.

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. jenny

    classy republicans!

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's comment is:

    Sen. James Inhofe is exactally what is wrong with the Republican
    Party. Short sighted, narrow minded, and un willing to hear a different
    side to an issue.

    I really did not expect much more from Sen. Inhofe or the Rebublican
    Party at this point. Its just business as usual for the Hard Right.

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    Keep in mind folks Oklahoma is the only state in the union in which every county of the state voted against Obama. Intolerance runs deep in Oklahoma. I am a democrat who is proud to be an Oklahoman but that is the facts of my state

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. pat

    Everyone here is an idiot. Blind to your only party. Your pathetic whiners. Congress (both sides) are above the law, have excellent medical benefits, retirement after 10 years, perks gallore. How can you point fingers at the other party when they both are worthless.

    June 19, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  9. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    ---------------------------

    Keep in mind folks Oklahoma is the only state in the union in which every county of the state voted against Obama. Intolerance runs deep in Oklahoma. I am a democrat who is proud to be an Oklahoman but that is the facts of my state

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  10. EO

    No. still the party of ignorant.

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  11. Jason

    As an Oklahoman, I am ashamed...ASHAMED...of this ridiculous man. Inhofe, the moron who called "global warming" the biggest hoax ever pulled on mankind, is a redneck joke of a politician...even by Oklahoma's low standards. I keep hoping the people of my state will open their eyes and vote this idiot out...but then again, we "proudly" gave the most support to McCain in 08.

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  12. Chris W

    I find it shocking that CNN would post this petty story but not mention at all the petty story about Barbara Boxer dressing down a Brigadier General for calling her "ma'am" rather then "monkey" (oops I mean "Senator")!! Yet another example of Liberal bias in the mainstream media. At least Fox News reported them both – that's called balance! And you folks wonder why Fox continues to climb higher and higher in the ratings faster and faster each week – – their ratings are now even higher than all the other cable news outlets COMBINED! Liberal Brainwashing via the mainstream media will continue to die a slow death as long as this kind of bias continues. Watch out for the voter (non-violent) revolution in 2010 and 2012!!

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. George the Democrat Obama fanatic.

    .................................................................................................

    Keep in mind folks Oklahoma is the only state in the union in which every county of the state voted against Obama. Intolerance runs deep in Oklahoma. I am a democrat who is proud to be an Oklahoman but that is the facts of my state

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. WHAT DO THEY FEAR!

    HOW NARROW MINDED THESE MEN ARE, DOES SHE INTIMIDATE THEM BECAUSE MAYBE SHE IS SMARTER THAN THEY ARE: Going through the process wasn't going to harm anything but to just flat out not meet with Sotomayor is just out right RUDE. Perhaps they could of explained to her why they oppose her. But just to not give her the time of day, how childish and disrespectful. Having said that, but then again these guys belong to the GOP and I don't mean grand ol party, group of p-ks

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Mike in Fairfax

    It amazes me how many of you total idiots scream racism at the drop of a hat. Keep it up, and soon it will mean nothing. Why not try and make an educated, thought-out response instead. You want to end racism? Quit screaming it whenever someone disagrees with you or your idol.

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    This guy's vote may not matter any way.

    June 19, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Brian

    I keep seeing comments about Sen Imhofe having his mind made up without talking to the nominee or hearing her out. he has been insulted because of his stand but the Prez has done the same thing to the GOP because, "I won, get over it." Same old double standard.

    June 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  18. Carla

    It seems to me to be a case of 'sour grapes'. If a Democrat had refused to meet with one of Pres. Bush's nominees there would have been an outcry against Democrats, but the shoe is not very comfortable on the other side. 11 years is a long time and people's policies and viewpoints can and do change. Is this what our country has come to, "if my team doesn't win then I won't play" because if it has we are in a sorry state. The Senator should have at least shown her the courtesy due to an Appeals Court Judge and a Supreme Court Justice nominee and met with her, regardless of whether or not he had the preconceived notion he was or was not going to vote for her. He would expect the same courtesy shown to him.

    June 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. Andi

    MJM – you say the Senator is 'standing up' to President Obama's pick. What do you mean by that? Did Judge Sotomayor do something bad to him that he needs to 'stand up' to her? And how is staying away 'standing up'? Sounds cowardly, at best.

    MS Mike – how do you 'prove' she is racist and sexist? Isn't that just a matter of opinion? You may be loud, but you don't speak for anyone but yourself.

    June 19, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  20. Pragmatic

    A man with concrete opinions: all mixed up and permanently set. Must be very simple minded – to make a complex decision years ago and then nothing will ever change your mind.... too bad – so sad ... why doesn't he just go home and mail in his votes – since he already knows what they will be.

    June 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  21. gmsnowball

    Inhoffe is an idiot......at best. He is possibly the most self centered so and so I have ever known.......and believe I have known some self centered soand so's.

    June 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. rick

    I think this guy needs to crawl back under a rock because if he is elected official and rude enough to not meet with other government reps, then he is below scum. He looks like he needs to retire anyway. Don't they have an age limit (85)

    June 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. alpha_nu_916

    same guy who believes that the weather channel is behind the concept of global warming.
    if this republican party wants to exists in the next 10 years in places with any sizable latino population – almost every state – they might try not to appear so xenophobic & prejudice.
    as for for drinking the kool-aid – hey repubs, it taste sweeter than ever.

    June 19, 2009 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. kay

    That stance is just "real grown-up", isn't it. What about his constituents who don't agree with him?

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  25. Coloradem

    Dan C.,

    Another republican who can't read polls....

    "A Quinnipiac University national poll reveals that 55 percent of Americans approve of Sotomayor. A quarter disapprove."

    Were you predicting a McCain win last fall too?

    June 19, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
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