NEW YORK (CNN) - Sen. Kit Bond has become seventh Republican senator to support Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court.
In a speech on the Senate floor on Wednesday, the Missouri lawmaker said the way to get more conservative justices on the Supreme Court is to "work to see we elect presidents who will nominate them." Bond said Sotomayor has "accomplishments and qualities" that make her a capable nominee.
"I do not believe that the Constitution tells me that I should refuse to support her merely because I disagree with her on some cases," Bond said. "I will support her, I'll be proud for her."
Bond is retiring from the Senate at the end of his term. A confirmation vote on Sotomayor's nomination is expected by Thursday.
That was spoken like a politician putting country first rather than party first.
That's why this republicans endorsed her, cause he's retiring and doesn't have to worry about backlash from the nra, lush limpaugh and the right wingers.
That's a big surprise ! Has he recently done some serious soul searching or re-read the Four Gospels of Jesus ?
what a shame it will be to lose a Republican who obviously loves our country...not just th RNC. Thank you Senator Bond.
Congrats Sen Bond for voting from your heart.
Good for Kitty! You are a free thinker (not group thinker). I am proud of YOU!
Kit Bond is a good man. At least he thinks for himself unlike the other facist lock step/goose step Republicans.
How patriotic! Sad the rest of the party cannot be as patriotic.
Wow a reasonable response from a Republican.
It's nice to see a senator who may not fully agree with all of Sotomayor's decisions support her. Senators are supposed to confirm her on whether she is a qualified candidate, NOT if they agree or disagree with her decisions.
Thanks for screwing the country on the way out of office, Kit. I only hope that she'll have a hand in making some decision that'll come back to haunt you....liberal!
I am shocked that another republican is willing to stand up against the NRA.
Wow, there are some Republicans who can think for themselves! Now, if only these Republicans would take a lead in their party, the GOP may have a shot at a comeback. The extreme wing of the GOP has become a big joke.
"the way to get more conservative justices on the Supreme Court is to work to see we elect presidents who will nominate them." hmm. Sound like he wants someone that interprets the constitute in an ideology way. Thought that was what we are trying to prevent.
I am so glad to see it's not just about the party for some of the republicans. Most of them still don't understand we sent them to the white house, and by golly we can send them back to their houses in 2010.
This is nothing but a "gift" from the news media to the Republican Leadership. "Here! We'll give you all the soundbites you want."
This person is almost "over-qualified" compared to everyone else on the Court so they concentrate all their efforts on a minutia of her decisions. How many of her decisions have NOT been reversed? I'll bet the Repub. Leadership won't talk about that figure.
She will be confirmed and rightly so.
Good for you Mr. Bond,. voting with your conscience instead of Republiklan disdain. Sen. Bond is retiring, and his action speaks volumes, of how disenchanted he's become with the rest of the Republiklans,... he's practically thumbing his nose at them.
Hmmm. Retirment puts this [R] out of the reach of lord Limbaugh's disparages. Too bad more of you [R]s won't grow a pair, ignore Rush, and join the human race.
Not familar with Sen Bond but at least there are some RePubs that are not all full of hate! We need more like him that looks at a sitiation and sees what is right for America not just what the party tells him is right .
Seven Republicans to back the judge? I thought some of you libs claimed there would be none! Understand not everyone supports her and it has NOTHING to do with her race or gender yet some of you keep calling the GOP racists! When you have nothing by way of intelligent discourse, stir up emotions by shouting racist! It truly works, everytime!
Kit Bond is such a savvy politician that I thought he was supporting her to get re-elected... then I read that he was retiring.
Kudos to Sen. Bond for doing the right thing as opposed to the political thing!
You did well, and I respect your interpretation of the Constitution.
"If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
General George Patton
you know who we shouldn't support?? chris brown.. he in no way deserves to be a public figure
I cant wait till she rules in the Rush Limbaugh tax evasion suits that will surely come in the near future.hahaha.What was that you said about her Rush?hahaha