May 27th, 2009
08:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Pro-Sotomayor group buys TV time

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new ad backing Sotomayor was ready less than a day after her nomination was announced."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new television ad promoting Judge Sonia Sotomayor will begin airing Wednesday, less than 24 hours after President Obama introduced her as his pick for the Supreme Court.

The 30-second ad is being paid for by the Coalition for Constitutional Values, an umbrella group that includes liberal-leaning organizations such as the Alliance for Justice, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and People for the American Way.

"This spot introduces the American people to Judge Sonia Sotomayor," Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights - the nation’s oldest coalition of civil rights organizations, said in a statement to CNN. "Every aspect of American life is affected by our justice system. It's important that they understand her fair-minded approach to the law which is grounded both in her eminent legal qualifications and her life experiences."

A spokesperson for the group tells CNN that it has "made a significant six-figure buy" for the ad that will air on "national network news and cable news."

The organization will formally announce the ad buy later this morning.

Full ad and script, as released by the group, follows:


TV (:30)



President Obama: I will seek somebody with a sharp and independent mind.

Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Princeton Univ. & Yale Law.

First Appointed by George H.W. Bush in 1991.

U.S. Court of Appeals, 11 Years.

President Obama: Someone who understands that justice isn't about some abstract legal theory- it is also about how our laws affect the daily realities of peoples' lives.

Lost her father at age 9.

Raised in public housing by a working mom, who taught her the power of education.

President Obama: Whether they can make a living and care for their families. Whether feel safe in their homes.

Tough Prosecutor.

Distinguished Judge.

Practical Understanding of the Law.

President Obama: I will seek somebody who is dedicated to the rule of law; who shares my respect for the constitutional values on which this nation was founded.




Keeping Faith with our Constitutional Values.

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