July 17th, 2009
11:39 AM ET
14 years ago

Specter to support Sotomayor

(CNN) -  Pennsylvania's Arlen Specter, the Republican-turned-Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will support Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court:

Judge Sonia Sotomayor brought to the Judiciary Committee hearings an outstanding record academically, as a prosecutor and as a commercial lawyer plus 17 distinguished years as a federal judge.  At the hearings she displayed intellect, restraint and judicial demeanor.  As the third woman and the first Hispanic, she will add needed diversity to the Supreme Court.

“I intend to vote for her and urge my colleagues to do the same.”

Earlier: Lugar becomes first Republican to back Sotomayor

Filed under: Arlen Specter • Sonia Sotomayor
soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. Rick

    And that is surprising? They will both say anything to win a position even if it is against what they really believe. Just like the community organizer.

    July 17, 2009 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  2. Glennis

    What a surprise. Personally, I don't have much faith in anything Specter says or does. If he's for her, it probably isn't because he believes she's the best they can do, but because he's still trying to save what's left of his career. He's destroyed any respect I had for him. Can't wait to see him get thumped in the elections. I will not be voting for him this time as I did time and again in the past.

    July 17, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  3. Another point

    Firstly the appointment of this racially predudistic feminist undermines what America is supposed to stand for. It's obvious the favoritism shown here and screams of who POTUS is turning out to be. Many people warned of his agenda. i guess we should have listened. Spector is caving in to anyone who'll save his butt and job. If he needed to he would switch parties again, this time to Palin and Liebermans new "American Nationalist Party". Whoops!!!!!!!!! I brought up Palin. Here we go again.

    July 17, 2009 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  4. Tatianna

    Senator Obama argued that though Justice Alito has impeccable credentials, he is voting against him anyway, the same with Justice Roberts. As a Senator Obama supported a failed attempt by dems to block Justice Alito from confirmation. To liberals, principles only matter when they are convenient, if theyre in the way of a judicial nomination, then forget it!

    July 17, 2009 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  5. Darlene

    Wow...imagine that... a liberal voting for another liberal.....who would have thought it !

    July 17, 2009 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Kate in SW Fla

    It is very sad that Republicans had to bash such an obviously talented and qualified nominee for politcal points with their base. And, whether he changed parties or not, Specter would have supported her because there is no logical reason to do otherwise. As a former prosecutor himself, he understands the law and that her record is a very good one. I find it offensive for Republicans to assume that, just because the nominee is not a white, anglo-saxon male, she is unqualified, as if only WASPs, and male ones at that, have the intellect to be a judge. I hereby commit to never voting for another white male again, ever, for anything. I have finally had it with this nonsense.

    July 17, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  7. Commen sense rules

    Spector would sell the state of PA for more votes.

    July 17, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Bpin

    Surprise, Surprise, Surprise. Anyone who has to change political parties just to get elected again to his lifetime job..don't it make you wonder about the folks in his district? Voting for the party and not for the man himself? I wonder if Osama ran against him as a Dem in his district and he was still a repub.....HMMM, you think?

    July 17, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    don't want to hear it about "dumbing down"...the GOP ignores education for the specific reason of keeping people stupid enough to vote against their interests based on ideological rhetoric instead of empirical evidence and realistic perspective...just look at SC's school system

    July 17, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    @ Doraine, who said "It is a total waste of time. "

    Not if your objective is to yank out your soap box and get people who complain about the manner in which their tax money is pent to open up their wallets to donate their after-tax money. The GOP knows Sotomayor will be confirmed. They're just milking the opportunity to generate dissidence and PAC funds.

    July 17, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. panterazero

    AnotherPoint: What does "predudistic" mean? I can't find it in my dictionary.

    July 17, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  12. kenny b

    What an Idiot Spector is, We sure mean to ensure he is NOT Re elected.

    July 17, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. nand mehta

    it is time for this turn coat senator to reire, I hope people of Pennsylvania teach him lesson in Democratic primary.

    July 17, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. GOP = Party of Tolerance

    Spector just ensured his own re-election. When the only Democrat that can with the Penn. Senate primary is really a Republican, you know the Dems have problems.

    July 17, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. Mike

    Spector is a trader to either party. If Obama doesn't get reelected, but a Republican does, look for this sewer rat to jump parties again.

    Message to Pennsylvania voters: Arlen Spector is not to be trusted and will flip-flop on any issue if he can get more votes. Stop voting for this clown

    July 17, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    @ Another Point, who said "Spector is caving in to anyone who'll save his butt and job."

    The only thing that saves his job is votes. Keep that in mind after he gets the most for listening to what his constituents wanted. And no, sorry, but the $225,000 he refunded to people who donated solely based on him having an "(R)" next to his name does not indicate he's stopped listening to constituents...nor do those tribal true-believers constitute constituents worth listening to.

    July 17, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Pel

    I Judge is more than qualified to sit on the bench

    July 17, 2009 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Albo

    I for one am very shocked!!!!

    July 17, 2009 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  19. Liberty Queen

    Sotomayor is more than qualified for the U.S. Supreme Court and deserves every confirmation vote she receives. The real problem on the Court is that sexist pervert Uncle Tom Clarence Thomas... Sotomayor is light years ahead.

    July 17, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Sonia Is A Shoe-In Because

    The real fight will be the next person Obama selects for the bench, and we will be ready.

    Waiting in the wings ready to fight, fight, fight.

    Obama 2012

    July 17, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  21. Realistic

    Once again there are poeple in here who regurgitate what the hardcore republicans have fed them.

    July 17, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  22. Nancy, NC

    Who cares for your vote. You are dishonest. You were elected as Republican candidate, you changed your aprty at your own will. Come election, you will get a blow from PA voters. You will be thrown out like a potato. Barack Obama will follow too. You all have destroyed our country when you voted for the stimulus bill whch nobody read.

    July 17, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  23. GGG

    REALLY??? I wouldn't have guessed it... Who cares about Spector... ??? Who would trust him?? oh wait, DEMOCRATS!!!!

    July 17, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. Deb n Texas

    The Democrats of Penn. is not going to support him anyway. This may very well be his last vote for Supreme Court because he is not going to win his next election and you know what he deserves it. Democrats are smarter than that – you can't just change Parties for convenience – OK.

    July 17, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  25. Jeff of Peoria

    Surprise surprise surprise. This is not news. There is no way that he was NOT going to support her UNLESS he was still a Republican then there is no way he was GOING to support her.

    If you watched his questionaing one day he talked her up the next day he talked her down. He probably heard that he was throwing her softballs the first day and was looking TOO OBVIOUS.

    July 17, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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