July 24th, 2009
11:26 AM ET
9 years ago

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. Antoine

    He says he went into the hearing with an open mind?

    Yeah, an open mind to vote no. Honestly I think it's stupid for Republicans to act like they were ever going to vote to confirm her. To those Republicans who are voting yes I want to thank them for their open minds. I hope the Democrats keep an open mind for Republican nominees as well.

    However, it is an insult to intelligent Americans for this guy to even pretend he would vote to confirm her. I'm pretty sure if we heard all the comments Sen Cornyn said we would be questioning his objectivity. He has none because he's trying to get an agenda accomplished.

    July 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  2. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    OH, Surprise, Surprise! Typical Republican this time around. It is amazing how quick they forget that they wanted a very quick UP or DOWN vote on the last of the Bush nominees for both Chief Justice and Scolarie (spelling??)...Can't have it both ways guys!

    July 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  3. Alicia

    This is news? Like no way!? After the way they exposed their backward and racist personality for all the world to see, this is news?

    Republican Party = Male, Pale and Stale

    July 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  4. AXH

    Thank goodness!

    We're all wondering who the real Sotomayor is, its certainly NOT the submissive, speak softly individual we saw in the the hearings.

    Wake-up folks, while qualified she's not for the Supreme Court.

    July 24, 2009 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Jessica

    Bravo Mr. Cornyn for your fake concern!

    I'm still wondering who the real Alito is...ya know, he too said that he considered his Italian heritage when considering cases involving discrimination...yeah, but you didnt care about that...Italians are WHITE PEOPLE!

    July 24, 2009 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Andrea

    Oh please!

    July 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Michigan


    July 24, 2009 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. Adam in TX

    Cornyn is a waste. All efforts to call him are always met with an answering machine that says "If you've gotten this recording during business hours, all lines are busy". It gives you no option to leave a message and it seems in his office all lines are ALWAYS busy. I have tried for months to contact him and NOT ONCE has his office been available. Whoever runs against him, you've got my vote no matter what.

    July 24, 2009 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  9. LG - the G is for Gonzalez

    Dear Senator Cornyn,

    Say 'Adios' to Hispanic support in the next election. Thank you for your 'service'.

    July 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Darth Vadik, CA

    Well of course he wont. Have you seen this freaks record.
    Texas should be ashamed of both Cornyn and Hutchinson. Good lord Republicans, do you ALWAYS have to have freaks aas your candidates and representatives.

    ...One dumb Republican party, under some christian (only in name) God, undivisible from insanity, with linberty and justice for only old white men with twisted views of the world...

    July 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  11. David

    Yeah, who really knows her? Ever since the Robert Bork fiasco, these judges deal in general statements and avoid what they really think at all costs.

    July 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  12. Mike

    It really appears that Senator Cornyn cannot stomach the fact that soon to be Supreme Court Judge Sotomayor did not reputiate her own "wise latina" comment. Come on now, was he really left wondering who the "real judge Sotomayor is" or is the whole race thing. I mean really, how many times did he reference her "wise latina" comment. I truly believe he could not get past that comment (by the way completely taken out of context) and that is truly sad and quite biased considering he is a previous judge himself.

    July 24, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. xargaw

    Much was made about Sotomayor's "Latina Women" comment by the GOP members of this Judiciary Committee. However, a far more insulting and offensive comment (lie) is quoted in this article. The Senator states that he went into this hearing with "an open mind." That is a lie! This Senator is on record in opposition to every word and deed of this Administration from day one. He has proven himself to be a Party First Senator at the expense of the country. While that seems to be the norm for the GOP these days, it is even more so from those in the Texas GOP.

    July 24, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  14. Jay

    And this is surprising in what way!!

    July 24, 2009 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  15. John Black Hills/SD

    It would be a benefit to republicans if they relax, and have a drink of cool water, that will help beat down the dust they're breathing out in lieu of words.

    July 24, 2009 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  16. Hoping for an intelligent female GOP candidate

    Does his 'nay' come as a shock to anyone?

    July 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  17. Jero

    ahhhhh, just like u ask yoursel who is the real barack obama, and who is the real joe biden.... well i think texas should think when this guy is up for re-election, who is the real John Cornyn

    July 24, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Republicans Suck

    Glad I didn't vote for this draft dodger.

    July 24, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  19. Barnabas

    Exactly. If she could actually been truthful and straightforward. Speaking so slowly just to take up time was obnoxious. The sad part is her judicilal acuity is about half of the rest of the jurists. I guess Obama thinks SCOTUS is a great training ground undoubtly since he is doing the same thing as President.

    July 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  20. gl, From Pittsburgh

    What new. I really don' t think this is news.

    July 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Never Repub again

    Who is the "Real John Cornyn". We will take care of him in next election. Republicans dont love America,,,,,,,, ONLY MONEY. Lets vote all those Repub hypocrtits out.

    July 24, 2009 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  22. Husman

    Having watched Cornyn during the confirmation hearings and viewed his carear as a politician, he is nothing but a fraud.If he can not tell who the real Sontomayor is.
    He must be lacking in judgement to be a senator and his attitude with that of other comical swipe on the judges comment on an intelligent Latina is nothing but the racial incesitivity by a dominant culture to devalue the rest of the citizenry.

    July 24, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  23. Mar

    I hope he enjoys his remaining time in office. He's rediculous and so typical of the close minded, good ole boy politicans we still have in Texas.

    July 24, 2009 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Working Class American

    He absolutely did not go "into the hearing with an open mind" and we all know that. Politics for politics sake. I hope the voters in his state will hold him accountable.

    July 24, 2009 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  25. Kevin

    Sen. Coryn is another example of a hypocritical policitian. He states "I went into the hearing with an open mind." He was quoted from the beginning numerous where he indicated he was not in favor of nomination. I do not have a problem with his decision. Ultimately, he must make the choice based on what he believes is best for the country. However, be honest about your intent from day one!

    July 24, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
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