[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/05/12/art.rubio0512.gi.jpg caption="Marco Rubio is running for Senate in Florida."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio, the former Florida Speaker of the House competing in a Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, is "deeply concerned" about Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's pick for the Supreme Court.
And though Rubio is an up-and-coming Cuban-American politician in a battleground state where Hispanic voters can often tip elections, he believes Sotomayor's legal record should be the focal point of the nomination process - not her heritage.
Crist has not weighed in on the nomination. Rubio issued the following statement:
"I look forward to hearing more about Judge Sotomayor and her views about the proper role of the courts and judicial activism. The role the Supreme Court is to interpret the Constitution, not to make law. Given this, I am deeply concerned about Judge Sotomayor's past comment that the courts are 'where policy is made' and look forward to hearing her explanation and defense of that view.
"Judge Sotomayor deserves a fair hearing and respectful treatment, but there is much in her legal background that is troubling and demands scrutiny and honest discussion. I hope that a serious examination of her record and beliefs will not be shelved or cast aside simply so Democrats can attempt to claim political credit for a 'historic' court nomination."