July 21st, 2009
11:09 AM ET
5 years ago

Collins announces support for Sotomayor

Sen. Collins said Tuesday that she intends to vote for Judge Sotomayor.
Sen. Collins said Tuesday that she intends to vote for Judge Sotomayor.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins has joined her fellow GOP Sens. Olympia Snowe, Mel Martinez and Richard Lugar in announcing her intent to support Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The judge "has impressive legal experience, has excelled throughout her life, and is a tremendously accomplished person," Collins said in a statement released Tuesday.

Collins said she knows that she will not agree with every decision Sotomayor will make as a member of the nation's highest court, but adds that she has "concluded that Judge Sotomayor understands the proper rule of a judge and is committed to applying the law impartially without bias or favoritism."

In a nod to the controversy surrounding Sotomayor's "wise Latina" comment, Collins said Tuesday that her "expectation is that Justice Sotomayor will adhere to Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's admonition that "a wise old woman and a wise old man would eventually reach the same conclusion in a case.'"

The Senate Judiciary Committee also decided Tuesday to delay the vote on Sotomayor's nomination for a week.


Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court • Susan Collins
soundoff (42 Responses)
  1. LacrosseMom

    Thank you, Sen. Snowe! Wish all Republicans were as willing to work for the good of our nation as you are! Perhaps then, this ex-Republican would consider voting for a GOPer again! But..... the GOP continues its obstruction, criticism and to have nothing to offer but the same old tired ideas!

    July 21, 2009 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Thank goodness none of the republicans share Pat Buchanan's views about Judge Sotomayor.

    July 21, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  3. Rush L.

    Susan Collins is not a real republican

    July 21, 2009 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Trade Freedom for Security, Lose Both

    I see no reason for delaying the vote. She will be confirmed. Get it done before August recess – then you can come back and focus on the health care abomination (or Obamanation).

    July 21, 2009 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Al

    A very wise move, Sen Collins. Nominee Sotomayor will be an excellent addition to the bench.

    July 21, 2009 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Big Al C.

    Why is it most republican can't seem to be reasonable? There are a very few that are not a part of the party of No. Even when all the money was being sent to Iraq I still remember Senator Collins taking a stand. It is great to have some senators that have the backbone to represent the american people and not special interest.

    July 21, 2009 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. montag

    Senator Collins, please come over to our side of the aisle. You'd be a welcome addition.

    July 21, 2009 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  8. addon

    Of course Snow is not a republican....She's logical, realistic, looks at the actual qualifications/experence and considers what's best for the country.

    These things are all opposite the republican ideology

    July 21, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Comment cut off

    Why do they always cut off her comment (and thus remove a ton of context). She said "hoped", in her infamous comment. She did not state it as a matter of fact.

    I'm all for leaving no stones unturned, but to consistently quote something out of context because it sounds more sinister, is a testament to the cynicism we have in our society.

    July 21, 2009 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. mac

    This issue is defining the sane wing of the Republican party

    July 21, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. dominican mama 4 Obama

    Welcome to the club of Common Sense and fairness Ms. Collins.

    July 21, 2009 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. Denise in Eugene, OR

    Rush L. – Not a real republican if they care about their country and are trying to do the best by it? Gotcha – you betcha – wink, wink.

    July 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. Paul from Phoenix

    The GOP totally played this wrong. They should have embraced her with open arms. She does not change the dynamics of the court. It means nothing to fight her nomination.

    The GOP should have said, "We wanted to put the first hispanic on the court, but the Dems would have never allowed Alberto GOnzalez. We applaud President Obama for breaking this barrier, and stand with him." Save the fight for a swing nominee.

    But no, the party is filled with short-sighted idiots. This is why I no longer consider myself a member of the GOP.

    July 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. yuri

    Hard-liner GOPs are still showin' signs of smolderin' and seethin' ire, and anyone expectin' overwhelmin' support from those goons will out of his or her mind.

    July 21, 2009 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  15. Proud Member..Party of No

    Collins voted with the dims? Gee, what a surprise. Vote her out.

    July 21, 2009 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  16. George

    Those who have eyes saw Sotomayor as wise, latina and qualified and fit to be a judge in the highest court of this land. Those with devisive intentions saw her differently, smart but not look like them, said things in the past that they find offensive. They are trying to disregard her record on the bench for decades.

    To these Republicans, apostle Paul would not have had the opportunity to write half the Bible. He was against Christians and had most of them killed. Open up the repub party and stretch your tent, let people in and think big, the rest of the country is melting and spreading as you hold dearly to your kind and shrinking. Well, its up to you, its for your good and the good of the country; as a whole.

    July 21, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. makesUwonder

    LacrosseMom July 21st, 2009 11:12 am ET

    Thank you, Sen. Snowe! Wish all Republicans were as willing to work for the good of our nation as you are! Perhaps then, this ex-Republican would consider voting for a GOPer again! But….. the GOP continues its obstruction, criticism and to have nothing to offer but the same old tired ideas!
    ------------------–
    Perhaps if the Democrats would stop the tax and spending and were "willing to work for the good of our nation"......and if the Democrats would stop with the "obstruction" and "criticism".... and since Democrats have "nothing to offer but the same old tired ideas!" this ex-Democrat "would consider voting for" a Democrat "again".

    July 21, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Shes one wise woman in a state that is very independent in thought and action from all other states.The great people of Maine have spoken,they know the value of having an educated electorate.

    July 21, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. George

    Those who have eyes saw Sotomayor as wise, latina and qualified and fit to be a judge in the highest court of this land. Those with divisive intentions saw her differently, smart but not look like them, said things in the past that they find offensive. They are trying to disregard her record on the bench for decades.

    To these Republicans, apostle Paul would not have had the opportunity to write half the Bible. He was against Christians and had most of them killed. Open up the repub party and stretch your tent, let people in and think big, the rest of the country is melting and spreading as you hold dearly to your kind and shrinking. Well, its up to you, its for your good and the good of the country; as a whole.

    July 21, 2009 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. Shakisha

    Ugh, stop with the partisan comments (I'm talking about people who support and people who oppose Collins' decision). Senator Collins made her choice, I'm happy she did...and I agree with her reasoning.

    July 21, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  21. Rick CT

    Sen. Snowe shows more sense and understanding of the confirmation process than Obama ever did as a Senator.

    July 21, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  22. Vic of New York

    "Much ado about Nothing" – [William Shakespeare]

    So now that the Repugicans have had their side-show grandstanding for the Party "base", we can get on with the business of government.

    My advise? Do the nation a favor and get your arsses into chamber and get this healthcare bill done!

    Do yourselves a bigger favor, stop cow towing to every Right-wing wacko conspiracy theorist and do the kind of homework that will earn you some respect from the majority of normal voters.

    July 21, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  23. Fort Lauderdale

    A wise person would never give themselves the designation of wise. Wisdom knows its own folly.

    July 21, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  24. CT native

    Oh of course "WE" want to have diversity in the court. But I ask you, do we REALLY have to DUMMY DOWN to get it? There has to be a better way of diversifying in POLITICS! For make no mistake about this – THIS IS POLITICS. PURE AND SIMPLE. SIMPLE IS AS SIMPLE DOES.

    July 21, 2009 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  25. Mike in Montana

    I am beginning to have second and third thoughs about Judge Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. Something does'nt feel right. Maybe, we should back up here and ask some more questions, including pass rulings, comments and affiliations. Something doesn't feel right here. Mike in Montana

    July 21, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
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