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. PJ

    The Republicans are so stuck in their "stuff" they can't get out of their own way . A couple of their biggesst promoters are hate mongers, on the radio. Wake up fellas! This is why your party is in the dumps!
    The people need a fresh point of view...not archaic rhetoric!

    June 19, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  2. Greshlyr

    As an Oklahoman, Jim Inhofe never fails to embarrass me every time he appears in the news.

    June 19, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  3. Linda from Minnesota

    Hey, I am from the North, a blue state and had never "experienced" a bible belt red state until last year when we traveled to Texas for a wedding. Talk about culture shock. Never in my life did I believe there were be so many narrow-minded, bigoted, racist people in the U.S. much less in one place.

    Trucks and cars all around us with the confederate flag, etc. We were there for three days and I couldn't wait to get out of there. You wonder how he got elected? I'm not. He's right next door to Texas where most of the people we met were bigoted, racist, ignorant white people. They not only look down on minorities, but those caucasians who were considered trailer trash, i.e., poor.

    Now, I know not all Texans are like the majority of people we met but I tell you, we were outnumbered 100 to 1. Sure was glad to get home to my blue state.

    June 19, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  4. Patrick

    Classy, very classy.

    June 19, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. Barbara CA

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor is still being found guilty of being a woman and Puerto Rican while running for the Supreme Court.

    June 19, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. David

    Look at all the name calling by the liberals, what a low class of people. So one racist sexist doesn't want to meet another-doesn't sound like a big deal to me.

    June 19, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Nichole, Tulsa, OK

    How unfortunate. *sigh*

    Please note that Inhofe does not represent the views of all Okies. I always vote against the guy, but sadly, I don't think the majority of my state knows or cares about who represents us in the Senate. But, I'd like to state my opinion for myself and say that I support Sotomayor!

    June 19, 2009 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. BILLY from S.C.

    Way to go INHOFE we do not need things like sotomayer in any position in goverment obama is an idiot so we can expect no less.

    June 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Go and Hate no more!!!

    @Mississippi Mike June 19th, 2009 3:30 pm ET
    The Question is ......Who portrayed your Dad in the Movie Mississippi

    June 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Brandon

    Here's an idea; let's not even LISTEN to the nominee! I'll just plug my ears and go "la la la la mexican la la la activist judge la la la possibly illegal immigrant la la la affirmative action."

    How mature and sensible our senators are.

    June 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  11. Young White Male

    White Female –

    1) Before you speak, please try and use proper English. I can't keep up with your spelling and grammatical errors.
    2) The reason the government takes and wastes your tax money is because you and other Americans have decided to give back your rights as individuals to the federal government. If Americans, would learn to be personally responsible for their actions maybe just maybe the government would not need those tax dollars.
    3) Your right Obama won the presidency, what has he done since?

    June 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    What a putz he is...

    June 19, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  13. big pete

    Senator James Inhofe needs resign or explain himself better because his explanation is POOR to say the least . He made up his mind based on her prior job performance and not as current post as a federal appeals court judge. A nominee should be just current performance in the role they care coming from.

    The senator has insulted the American people and the Latino community and American women every were.

    This is a clear reason why people in America Voted for Obama and voted dead weight out of congress & US Senate. Also another reason why the republican party is so mixed up and dead in the water.

    Senator James Inhofe you give politician a bad name-good lock in the next election. I hope all the Latino’s in Oklahoma vote because if they do you wont be a senator any more.

    June 19, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  14. Emma

    How unfortunate that this unreasonable decider makes news. However, it will not dilute the ability of nominee Sotomayor to be a Supreme Court Justice.

    June 19, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  15. amy

    Puerto Ricans & Domicanicans are 1/2 black not Hispanics. I know of no Hispanic that consider sotomayer as part Hispanics. GET it straight people.

    June 19, 2009 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. don corpier

    nothing surprises me when it comes to Oklahoma. if i am not mistaken-one of its other senators managed to sneak in legislation allowing concealed weapons in federal parks. outside of texas and georgia this is one of the most backward red neck states in the union. inhofe is a complete moron and so are the rest of you red neck conservatives. i seriously doubt that inhofe can chew gum and walk at the same time. the idiot is so closed minded that he will not even listen to an opposing view. i dont know why i care-she is going to be the next supreme court justice period. god bless her-she is far superior to c. thomas, alito and scallia. these three are real scum bags. if they had their way we would have the Nazi skull and cross bones of the SS flying in place of the stars and stripes. why dont you pathetic little right Nazis admit that your days are over.

    June 19, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. Steve (the real one)

    @smart dem June 19th, 2009 4:22 pm ET

    Like a teacher in the summer…………. NO CLASS
    I guess you have never heard of SUMMER SCHOOL! Not so smart after all but, thanks for the "Fat Albert" joke. Its been a while!

    June 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Grow up buddy or get out of town! You were elected by the PEOPLE! Get off your high horse!

    June 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. Zero.

    Sorta makes sense.

    June 19, 2009 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  20. Larry

    He won't meet with her just because she's Obama's pick for the Court?

    That's about as shallow as it gets.

    Just another Republican moron.

    These clowns are really P.O'ed that they don't have any power anymore!

    June 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  21. mistermac

    Just one more example of the arrogant,rude, egotistical, buffoons who think they are Rulers rather than Representatives.This is EXACTLY the attitude that we the people are sick and tired of in Politics to-day.It runs rampant on both sides of the isle as we have seen recently in Sen. Inhoff (R) ,Sen.Boxer(D), Speaker Pelosi(D) just to name a few. At least Sen.Coburn had the common courtesy to have a discussion with her.Every one of these career politicians has had more than their share of time at the Taxpayers feeding trough.Its time to CLEAN HOUSE and vote OUT every sitting Representative as soon as possible.The deadwood is rotting in Washington.

    June 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  22. chris

    Yea, with time one should never re-review their opinion about someone else. Not in 1 year, not in 10 yrs, not in 20 yrs.

    So using his logic, we should judge him based on his actions as oh... a 15 yr old because people don't change?

    June 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  23. Justin Smith

    What a son of a jackal!

    This is why the Good Ol' Boys aren't going to be back in power for a long, loooooong time.

    Good luck Justice Sotomayor!

    June 19, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  24. Patrick, Lake Stevens, Washington

    This is an unfortunate set of circumstances Sen. Inhofe has chosen to undertake. His vote against Sotomayor as a Federal Appeals judge was some time ago. One would think that the Sen. would give the judge the benefit of hearing how much she has grown over the years as a person and in her current position by affording her the opportunity to tell Mr. Inhofe this in person. To publically state his intentions of how he intends to vote prior to formal hearings suggests Mr. Inhofe lives in the past.

    This country is far different now than it was 11 years ago and I am willing to concede that Sonia Sotomayor is as well.

    June 19, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  25. Bridget from Texas

    Linda from Minnesota-Not sure where you visited in Texas but you really shouldn't spew your lack of intelligence and hate-Texas is after all a very large state. The majority do however support the conservitive view. As do most Oklahomans. This does not make us racist, bigots or narrow minded as you stated.

    June 19, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
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