July 13th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Specter praises pick of first Latina justice

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/13/art.specter0713.gi.jpg caption="Arlen Specter offered praise for Sonia Sotomayor Monday during the first day of her confirmation hearing."]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, appeared to offer strong praise for the pick of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor on Monday, saying that the choice of a Latina judge represents a long-overdue nod to America's growing diversity.

It was wrong for the country to wait until 1967 to put the first African-American, Thurgood Marshall, on the high court, Specter said. It was also wrong to wait until 1981 to put the first woman, Sandra Day O'Connor, on the court.

Specter made his remarks during the first day of Sotomayor's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings.

Specter, a former chairman of the committee, switched from the Republican to the Democratic party earlier this year. A number of liberal critics have expressed concern that he will not be a reliable Democratic vote.

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    Spector just won the Democratic primary by supporting Sotomayor. He is a very smart politician. He just locked up the Hispanic vote. Of course he is pandering, but it is remarkably effective pandering.

    July 13, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  2. JC

    One must remember that Sotomayor is a proud product of affirmative action(giving any minority anything they want if they cry loud enough).

    Remember, affirmative action was initiated by LIBERAL WHITE MEN so as to lessen their guilt because they were white.

    "Snarlin Arlen" will vote to confirm her and so will the majority of Senator's. To have them do otherwise is wishful thinking! It is not going to happen. What is the Senate mostly comprised of?


    I rest my case.

    July 13, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Oh to be a tissue vendor at the Capitol Building, assigned to the GOP's side of the aisle....tissues, get your tissues heeeyah....

    July 13, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
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