May 26th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
13 years ago

Snowe praises Obama for nominating 'well-qualified woman'

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe issued the following statement Tuesday on Sotomayor's nomination:

"Indisputably, this is an historic selection, as Sonia Sotomayor is just the third woman to be nominated to The Court and the first Hispanic American. I commend President Obama for nominating a well-qualified woman, as I urged him to do during a one-on-one meeting on a variety of issues in the Oval Office earlier this month.

"I also appreciate that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel called me personally this morning to inform me of the President's selection. As the process moves forward, I will apply the same standards of review that I have in the past - that any Supreme Court nominee should bring a balanced approach to cases, possess a strong intellect and suitable judicial temperament, and follow a disciplined judicial methodology in reaching decisions. Justices on the High Court sit for life, so the Senate must exercise this constitutional duty thoughtfully, and give careful and thorough consideration to Judge Sotomayor, as it should to every nominee. I share the view that the proper role of the judiciary is one of interpreting the Constitution and acts of Congress, not legislating from the bench. As such, I will carefully evaluate Sonia Sotomayor’s record and temperament in making my determination."

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. adam

    4th one Senator Snowe. Harriet Miers was nominated too but withdrew her nomination.

    May 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. Eric in Colorado

    It is nice to see that MS Snowe is sticking with her liberal opinions. Will you please join Arlen Ms Snowe!!!

    May 26, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Larry

    Olympia Snowe is a old rag that needs to fold up her towel and retire asd a private citizen

    May 26, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Independent

    Snowe I urge you to leave the stupid party that you are apart of they don't want independent thinkers they only want robots

    May 26, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Chris

    Senator Snowe shines again! Thank you Senator for being a voice of reason in a sea of noise!

    May 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. ghost

    Funny, alot of conservatives commented on Romney's article, but none here.

    May 26, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. lovable liberal


    May 26, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  8. Alan

    Thank you Senator Snowe for being a fair-minded Republican. If only more would follow your example . . .

    May 26, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. Kate in SW Fla

    Well, it sounds like she was not all that hepped up about this candidate, and got a heads up in advance. I only hpoe that the Republicans will understand that there is a need for a balanced court, with differing methods, which lends itself to better judgements. right now, there is too much "strong personality" on the right. This is a good choice to try and temper that somewhat.

    May 26, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. Randi L.

    We need more women and a more diverse ethnic background on the US Supreme Court. What we don't need are more ivy-league-educated east-coast people. This pick does not break at all from the mold in that regard. Another privileged person – just with different window dressing.

    May 26, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Common Sense 09

    I like how some of the republicans and democrats both are giving good comments regarding the Supreme Judge selection. Now there may actually be an open and balanced conversation amongst both parties to hopefully confirm this nominee or decide why not in a sensible way; rather all the fighting with every decision President Obama makes – looks like this may be the start of both parties working together!

    May 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. Lone Star Wolf

    Olympia who???

    May 26, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  13. Alfred E. Neumann

    You think that maybe Snowe is running for re-election soon?

    Personally, I think Olympia touches up her hair. No woman her age has hair that black.

    May 26, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  14. Teknarik

    Shut it and come out of the closet already Olympia! You are a Democrat and should switch alongside your friend Spector!

    May 26, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  15. Nathan,

    We'll see what Snowe has to say after the rest of the Republicans thugs get their hands on her. She had better start preparing to join Spector on the winning side.

    May 26, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  16. Tim

    And in the meantime, the Pentagon has acknowledged that 14% of released Gitmo detainees, those very detainees who were deemed the least risky to release amongst all detainees held at Gitmo, returned to the battlefield after their release.

    But don't worry, Obama has a plan.

    May 26, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. george

    Wrong boys at CNN she will not be the first Hispanic on the Court do your home work dudes! Benjamin Cordozo was the first 1932-1938 do your homework!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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