July 17th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
5 years ago

Specter to support Sotomayor

(CNN) –  Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court:

Judge Sonia Sotomayor brought to the Judiciary Committee hearings an outstanding record academically, as a prosecutor and as a commercial lawyer plus 17 distinguished years as a federal judge.  At the hearings she displayed intellect, restraint and judicial demeanor.  As the third woman and the first Hispanic, she will add needed diversity to the Supreme Court.

“I intend to vote for her and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Earlier: Lugar becomes first Republican to back Sotomayor


Filed under: Arlen Specter • Sonia Sotomayor
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. No Spectacles or Specters

    Oh Arlen, look over your shoulder! Joe Sestak's gaining on you. You'd support Judge Judy for the Supreme Court if you thought you'd get votes out of it! It's over Arlen>

    July 17, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. thank you for supporting her

    now please retire

    you have served our country well, please enjoy retirement and let a younger person with less name recognition have a try

    July 17, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Julia

    Sounds like a good Dem to me!!!

    July 17, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I hope everyone o the judiciary committee votes in favor of her. This is a milestone in American history.

    July 17, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Arlen Specter. Really. There's only 2 bigger pieces of disgusting ring worm slime that I can think of besides Arlen Specter – Ted Kennedy and Christopher Dodd. You're in great company there, knucklehead.

    July 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Me in Big D

    Arlen who? That is the saddest looking one man I believe I've ever seen! Who really cares anything about him?

    July 17, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  7. Gator

    Flipper supporting the wise one,who would have thought. Birds of a feather and all that jazz.

    July 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  8. S Callahan

    She has shown great stregth when dealing with the pressures of the poltico...and streching it a bit...in a sexist way..I'd say she did better than lots of men have (look at the past). She is a tough cookie...her good common sense and respects the law of the land (see her record).

    July 17, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. skyhawkdriver

    The road to the destruction of the united states continues..government healthcare for the illegals and welfare state on the backs of the working poor expands..the chinese will continue to laugh at us as we borrow trillions from them to pay for this fiasco

    July 17, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. RI Moderate

    Which way is the wind blowing today, Arlen?

    July 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  11. Stuffit

    We should "add needed diversity" to the Senate. Get rid of the crooks, the career politicians, politicians that are lawyers. Add some welders, beer truck drivers, economists, scientists, retailers, carpenters, guitar players, whites, blacks, hispanics, hell, even a couple of "undocumented workers."

    It can't get any worse than it is currently.

    Like his vote comes an any surprise.

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeesh!

    July 17, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. Charles, DE

    Good for Spector. I think it would be wise for others to follow. Bush had his turn, he selected the existing Chief Justice, so now it's Obama's turn. You may not like it, but so be it.

    July 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  13. makesUwonder

    Specter to support Sotomayor"................as if we didn't know. Cnn why waste the time on telling us something we already knew?

    July 17, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  14. conservative

    This is news about this poor befuddled turncoat ?

    July 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  15. southerncousin

    Is it a surprise that this weak, ineffectual representative who has fooled the people of Pennsylvania so many time so he could be reelected would support a non-intellectual toady Obamatron?

    July 17, 2009 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Cee

    Of course he supports her. He knows that she is a shoe in. After all haven't ALL "appointments" been biased? There is a "slant" going on here. The picking is not qualified based, but "politalically" based. Anyone with EYEs AND EARs can see and hear that. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure where this "adminiastration" is leading OUR country. If "IT" does nothing else, "IT" will go down as the DUMMYING DOWN ADMINISTRATION.

    July 17, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  17. Rob Johnson

    She handled herself extremely well during the hearings, enough to win at least some Republican support, and I can't see a single Democrat opposing her.

    I'm putting the over/under on Sotomayor at 68 votes. What do you say?

    July 17, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. renea

    Yes of course they will support her all this debate and questioning again and again over the same issue is just a show they are going to support her and she will be confined because they want support from the Latino community.

    July 17, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. JML

    Good, she should be "support" without all the white-hate-drama. She would be a perfect Supreme Court Justice and indeed would give the Supreme court MORE flava.

    July 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  20. Obama Victim

    well..............at least for today

    July 17, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  21. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Spector is a supporter,of the sports variety.hahaha

    July 17, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. mike,texas

    He left the party of NO,yes.

    July 17, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  23. Moderate Democrat

    I don't care if the dirt bag republicans vote yes or no for her. Just stop wasting our time on the SAME line of questioning. Vote and get it done. Stop being typical republicans and stalling and doing nothing but complaining, whining and holding up progress.

    Republicans: The problem to all of the solutions!

    July 17, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Doraine Gordon

    I don't understand why we are going through all these useless questions when we already know Sotomayor will be confirmed. It is a total waste of time. These representatives should be working on doing something important for the people. They waste so much time with their committees and all. It is no wonder they never get anything done. I would not want their job. It just seems boring. But the pay and benefits are great and they are off work more than they are on. That part must be nice!!

    July 17, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Moderate Democrat

    Cee July 17th, 2009 12:13 pm ET

    "IT" will go down as the DUMMYING DOWN ADMINISTRATION.
    -------------------
    Too late....Bush beat this administration to that, as did the republicans for eight straight years, and now entering their ninth.

    Republicans: The cause of all our problems. And the problem to all of the solutions.

    July 17, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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