August 5th, 2009
02:28 PM ET
5 years ago

Seventh Republican to support Sotomayor

A confirmation vote on Sotomayor's nomination is expected by Thursday.
A confirmation vote on Sotomayor's nomination is expected by Thursday.

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.


Filed under: Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    That was spoken like a politician putting country first rather than party first.

    August 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  2. FORMER republican, NEVER again!

    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.

    August 5, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    That's a big surprise ! Has he recently done some serious soul searching or re-read the Four Gospels of Jesus ?

    August 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  4. EileenK

    what a shame it will be to lose a Republican who obviously loves our country...not just th RNC. Thank you Senator Bond.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  5. Larry

    Congrats Sen Bond for voting from your heart.

    August 5, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. Michelle

    Good for Kitty! You are a free thinker (not group thinker). I am proud of YOU!

    August 5, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. PAUL

    Kit Bond is a good man. At least he thinks for himself unlike the other facist lock step/goose step Republicans.

    August 5, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  8. Alicia

    How patriotic! Sad the rest of the party cannot be as patriotic.

    August 5, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. Will

    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.

    August 5, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. TCM

    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!

    August 5, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. alvino

    I am shocked that another republican is willing to stand up against the NRA.

    August 5, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. Steph

    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.

    August 5, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. brad

    "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.

    August 5, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  14. Traj

    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.

    August 5, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  15. Once You Vote Black

    Good boy.

    August 5, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  16. Len in Washington

    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.

    August 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. moosehead

    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.

    August 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  18. Ken

    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.

    August 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  19. Nim

    Who cares..

    August 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. carrie in AL

    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 .

    August 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Steve (the real one)

    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!

    August 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  22. HBO

    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!

    August 5, 2009 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  23. M-AZ

    Senator,

    You did well, and I respect your interpretation of the Constitution.

    "If everyone is thinking alike, someone isn't thinking."
    General George Patton

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. inofritzn

    you know who we shouldn't support?? chris brown.. he in no way deserves to be a public figure

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  25. Operation Crush Rush

    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

    August 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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