June 19th, 2009
06:40 PM ET
12 years ago

Republican senator won't meet with Sotomayor

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/19/art.inhofe.gi.jpg caption="Inhofe has said he will vote against Sotomayor."](CNN) - As Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor continues to make the rounds on Capitol Hill, at least one senator is refusing to meet with her.

Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican who previously voted against Sotomayor's current post as a federal appeals court judge, told the Tulsa World Thursday it is a "foregone conclusion" that he would not support Obama's pick for the high court.

"If you voted against anyone on the circuit [court], I have never been able to see how you turn around when the bar is actually higher and support it at a higher level," Inhofe also said.

So when it came time for Sotomayor to meet with Inhofe to discuss her judicial philosophy, the Oklahoman declined.

"The reason is he already knows how he is going to vote and it's probably best not to take up her time, she's very busy," Inhofe communications director Jared Young told CNN.

Meanwhile, fellow Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, also a Republican, met with Sotomayor Thursday, having what he described as a "philosophical discussion" with the high court nominee.

"It was more a philosophical discussion [about] life, problems in our country, difficulties we face," Coburn said.

Inhofe isn't the first Republican to explicitly proclaim his opposition to Sotomayor. Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts - who also voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the appeals court 11 years ago - said late last month he would again oppose her. A spokeswoman for Roberts did not know if the Kansas Republican has plans to meet with the nominee.

Sotomayor has met with more than 70 senators since Obama tapped her for the Supreme Court late last month.

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  1. Rick in PA

    I guess it isn't easy being open-minded when you are a Republican, is it?

    June 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. hbg

    Infofe: What an embarrassment to the great state of Oklahoma!

    June 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. nola

    What can one expect of a narrow minded sexist – he probably truely believe that a woman's place is in the home. This mentality in the year 2009 is very very sad.

    June 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. Michael Huppman

    A closed mind is worse than having a mind to begin with.

    June 19, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. mary stewart,arlington texas

    i like pp to be up front and blunt...but i also like good manners even more....he is no southern gentelman,,,,what was the guys name running for gov of texas and refused to shake ann richards hand?????we like good manners down here....

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Jasmine

    Seriously? Way to blatantly show people how closed-minded you are. Not even at least looking like you weighed the conversation you were to have with her before voting no...No wonder the Republican Party needs a major facelift...

    Mo Rocca put it best: (And I'm paraphrasing this) "Republicans...standing up for their principles...Luckily, they're standing out of the way..."

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. Chaz

    Miss Mike, get your facts straight. Her rejection rate from SCOTUS is on par with other appellate court decisions. In addition, how exactly has it been "proven" that she is a racist and a sexist? I understand that you don't like her. I'm not saying I'm a fan either. The least you can do is support your disapproval with tangible evidence, not talking points from Rush.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  8. Realistic

    Why waste her time meeting someone who has already made up his mind? I guess this is one of those things that will make the hardcore of the party of old ideas happy. Either way, she is going to be a justice of the highest court on the land and there is nothing the hardcore republicans can do nothing about it. They tried to stop Obama from being president and failed, they tried to maintain control of congress and failed and lost more seats in the house. Maybe they should change "GOP" to "GOF"... which would stand for>>"Group of failures"

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  9. wayne

    Another open minded Republican.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. ModDem

    @Mississippi Mike June 19th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

    "It's been proven that she is a racist and sexist. Also, the Supreme Court has a habit of striking down her rulings from her circuit court. What, exactly, makes her such an attractive pick for this position?"

    Will you please provide facts that support your characterization of Sotomayor as "racist and sexist"? How may rulings were struck down by the Supreme Court? Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, however, it should be based on actual information.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. Bob Ramos

    At least Sen. James Inhofe is honest and courageous or does not have any significant numbers of Hispanics in OK.

    Even though Senator Coburn will vote againist her, he showed class by meeting with her and was a gracious host.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Oliver

    It's hard to believe that this idiot Inhofe got elected by Oklahomans...I thought that state has some sense...guess not.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  13. Carol B.

    What do you expect from the Old White Racist, nothing new. He only perpetuates the party of "no". Keep up the good work Repubs, you will soon be the party of non-existence.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  14. Cache

    I'm sure it is the generous and Christian thing here that he did. After all, shouldn't we all judge all human beings well in advance of sharing any concerns? If an elected official can decide who a person is in advance of meeting with them, in advance of discussing where his/his constituents concerns are, and show no qualities reflective of true American decency and fairness.... well, I certainly would pre-decline him from any jury based on his obvious lack of integrity. Then again, given the state of the Republican party and those who associate with it these days, this one is no different.

    I am ashamed to be a Republican with such a–and I daresay this term is used as loosely as Senator Ensigns' morals–man as this speaking on mine or anyone else's behest.

    June 19, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  15. P. D.

    Good job Inhofe! Already the GOP is sinking like a stone, and you pull something as childish like this. Already young people and Hispanics are fleeing the Republican Party. And with juvinile behavior like this, you are leading the way.

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  16. joe smith

    now if we could get this very opinionated Senator to ask ,"where the H is the Freddie Mac report", we would be very happy..but this untouchable report must REALLY have some juice to it to be left completely out of recent financial discussions,..maybe the Senators handlers don't want him to know the bad news..

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  17. Art

    How utterly childish.

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  18. Beejay

    Talk about having tunnel vision. Because you had one opinion when you were younger, does that mean you should never ever change your mind when you get older? Unbelievable! That just shows stupidity.

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. Dan C

    Good for you senator! More than 50% of americans are against her on the court due to her blatant biased opinions and her admitted practice of legislating from the bench. You Kool-aid drinking CNN Obamatron fools in here commenting on something you simply do not understand, facts and logic never enter your very small closed brains. Justice is blind.....not peeking to see what color the person happens to be....no shortage of morons here at CNN that is for sure.

    June 19, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  20. barry g

    Time to vote all Republicans out of office.
    They don't want to bring together the Republic, just break it down!

    June 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  21. Melissa

    This is really really childish behavior, even for a Republican.

    June 19, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  22. Anna from NY

    What a stubborn, closed mind ! This arrogant Senator wouldn't accept a courtesy call. Is he afraid Judge Sotomayor may have more intelligence and experience than he?

    June 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. stupid republican

    This ia just another stupid republican showing his ass and unwillingness to try and get anything done in congress. I am sure that is what his constiuents put him in congress for. The guy is just a blubbering idiot.

    June 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Beth in Texas

    Not surprising ONE BIT – White, old, redneck, male... what did you expect? Republican through and through!

    June 19, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |

    The GOP can't stop the confirmation of Sotomayor so it is a moot point.

    June 19, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
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