July 24th, 2009
11:26 AM ET
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Cornyn to vote no on Sotomayor

Sen. John Cornyn said Friday that he would vote no to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

Sen. John Cornyn said Friday that he would vote no to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.

(CNN) - Texas Republican John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he would vote no to confirm Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

The former Texas State Supreme Court justice questioned Sotomayor's "objectivity and neutrality" given a string of court rulings and her past statements.

"I went into the hearing with an open mind. I felt she deserved the opportunity to explain how she approached some of the most controversial cases on which she's ruled and put her public statements in context," he said.

"At the end of the hearing I found myself wondering who is the real Judge Sonia Sotomayor," Cornyn said.

Earlier in the week, South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham became the first Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce he would support Sotomayor. In all, five Republicans have said they will vote to confirm Obama's choice for the high court.

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soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Tasha, Houston, TX

    Well, I look forward to seeing how his vote of no will play out when its time for him to run for re-election. I imagine the large hispanic population will be reminded by his opponent. Frankly, he sounds a little bitter, being a former Texas State Supreme Court Justice and all.

    July 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Tom in CA

    Losing an election has its consequences! Suck it up – members of the Grand Obstructionism Party.

    July 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  3. Nunya

    The only way to end in a position of 'wondering who is the real Judge Sonia Sotomayor' is to have started with thoughts in mind that were counter to everything that was said during the hearings. That pretty much contradicts the statement of going in with an open mind...

    July 24, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    His deeply thoughtul and well-reasoned logical analysis? "The NRA told me to"

    July 24, 2009 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Do we have a count of who said yes and no on Sotomayor? This is looking like a split for Republicans on this nomination. If the majority or all the Democrat vote for her, there shouldn't be a problem. There has been nothing noted by Republicans about the verdicts that she issued except for the firefighter case; she wasn't the only one to rule on that.

    July 24, 2009 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. Frozone

    Let's hope Latino voters in Texas are paying attention to the bogot their state has representing them.

    July 24, 2009 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  7. LacrosseMom

    CNN save us all some time and ......... have just one headline.......



    July 24, 2009 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Obama 2.0

    You will need to run for office somewhere other than Texas!

    July 24, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. Cindy

    I'm so sick of all the talk about the 2nd Ammendment and losing your gun rights! It's not going to happen. No one is going to take away your guns. This society is getting nuttier by the day. Must have guns, but it's ok to mandate abortions through the new healthcare bill.

    July 24, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. Michael in Houston

    Predictable. His "NO" vote has nothing whatsoever to do with the nominee but rather that she was brought forward by a Democrat. In his world, you vote YES on anything republican and NO on anything democratic.
    It has to be very simple job for Cornyn.

    July 24, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  11. Teschman

    Let's see how the Texas hispanics and latinos turn out for him come next election. They are a party with a shrinking base and growing opposition to their narrow focus and obstructist tactics.

    July 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  12. EDDIE

    Didn't this moron say not to long ago he could not find anything wrong with this nominee.He has never had an open mind in his life.

    July 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  13. MsDp

    Neither is this a surprise. None of them (GOP) have a valid argument for voting against Judge Sotomayor. It's the same o, same o.

    July 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  14. Karon

    I'm from Texas and I will be sure to vote NO on his re-election! SHAME on the GOP for their racism – no wonder we have so much trouble in this state from racist towns! It starts at the top and our top is filled with White Men who think they are owed everything and no one else deserves a chance – women, black, asians or hispanics!

    July 24, 2009 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  15. carlos only smarter

    TCM....once again showing your ignorance,back to the swampy lands

    We latinos have taken note of all those voting against Super qualified Judge Sotomayor.....come election time we'll take care of them simply and without argument, oh, while we are at it.......DUMP on the nra zealots...

    July 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  16. Native NY

    He went in with an open mind!?!?!!? Only in terms of there be nothing in it.

    July 24, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. JonDie

    Angry, old white guy.

    July 24, 2009 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. mike,texas

    Just say No to the party of NO.

    July 24, 2009 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  19. Native NY

    For those who state that she is not qualified - what should the qualifications be? What experience should an nominee to the court have? What educational background? What background?

    July 24, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Keeth in California

    A judge commits to the rule of law and the inspection of details of each individual case before him/her. Judges cannot give blanket answers to senators' questions and have that be the judge's opinion for all similar-type cases no matter what the details of each individual case are. More false GOP outrage. More GOP ignorance.

    July 24, 2009 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Marc

    TCM – Justices Thomas and Alito were overturned more times than Sotomayor was, the % in their cases is higher than in hers too...
    So if she's 'absolutely pathetic', what are they?

    July 24, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  22. Vix

    Next time just say: Activist judge who loves abortions, race over credentials & hates guns & God. Peferct Democratic Justice.

    July 24, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
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