August 4th, 2009
10:14 AM ET
11 years ago

Senate to begin final Sotomayor debate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The full Senate is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday on the nomination of federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

At least five Republican senators have announced their intention to support Sotomayor, making confirmation by the Democratic-controlled Senate a virtual certainty.

A final confirmation vote is expected by Thursday.

Sotomayor, 55, is President Barack Obama's first nominee to the nation's highest court. She would be 111th person to sit on the Supreme Court, and the third woman justice.

Last week, Sotomayor's nomination cleared a sharply polarized Senate Judiciary Committee, with one Republican joining the panel's Democrats in sending the nomination to the full Senate on a 13-6 vote.

Democrats have praised Sotomayor's 17-year record as a federal judge and her made-in-America story as a minority woman who rose to success through hard work and opportunity.

Republicans, however, have questioned her judicial neutrality, complaining about speeches in which she made controversial statements, including her hope that a "wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences" would reach a better conclusion than a white man "who hasn't lived that life."

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. Aunt Bea and Opie

    Lets also make our next President in 2016 a latino and really watch the right froth at the mouth.hahaha

    August 4, 2009 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  2. m jeff

    She will be confirmed without the approval of Rush and McCain.

    August 4, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    She's a woman.

    She's not of European Beginnings.

    The White Sheet crowd won't allow it.


    August 4, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Claudia in Houson

    McCain like Bush and Cheney have damaged their so called legacy for good. There is no future for another McCain, Bush or Cheney and we should all make sure of that.

    August 4, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Steph

    Should we count how many times the republicans compare her to other Latino judges? Maybe someone will impersonate Ricky Ricardo again, lol!

    August 4, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Felly

    If Sarah Palin with no substance and no Yale education is good enough for old John McCain as a V.P. candidate, how come Sotomayor is not good enough to earn McCain's vote on the Sepreme Court? This is pure racism.

    August 4, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  7. Allen, Cypress, Texas

    She's going to be our next SCAJ. I for one love the idea that the Right – Wing Nuts are further alienating themselves from the Hispanic vote. It amazes me when they say they want to represent the whole nation. My advise to the Republicants is, "Keep cuttung of your collective racist noses to spite your racist faces." We'll see in 2010 and 2012.

    August 4, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  8. Peoples Voice

    In a debate, the sides present pros and cons to their argument. So far all the GOP has presented are cons.

    The only thing on the GOP's agenda is to try everything they can to make the president, and Americans, fail. They enjoy having corporate control over this country and will not stop until they regain it.

    This really is a fight against the haves and have nots, companies vs. individuals, the powerful and the weak. But, as said before, if we stand together we will win.

    August 4, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Willy Brown

    ole sac of manure to sit on the bench. Bully!

    August 4, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. stormerF

    I hope they do not comifrm this woman,Her actions of the past did not match her words at the hearings,and when she just refused to answer a question,because she had no prior coaching on it,that did it for me...She would not give a straight answer on the firemens,suit nor on the second Amendment questions... What is she hiding,her prejudice?

    August 4, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Honest AB

    I believe McCain is doing everything possible to get himself elected out of Senate. I truly believe McCain realizes that he is getting to old for politics, and I for jone agree with this acknowledgment even if he isn't saying it out loud. But, he sure is showing it in his actions. McCain didn't want to become President, because it was evident when he selected Sara Palin. Arizona do McCain a favor and honor his quiet request by voting him out in 2010.

    August 4, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  12. CF

    She is qualified. Just because you have a difference of opinion with someone doesn't make them unqualified. Republicans and their zombie supporters need to learn the difference.

    She will be confirmed as she should be.

    August 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. mrkusn

    The opposition party has gotten into a desperate game of trying to drum up "no" votes. In the end they make themselves more irrelevant because they vote "against" the DNC but do not propose a viable RNC platform with real leadership. But, for all of you Democrats out there claiming that other Republicans besides the anointed 5 are not thinking for themselves, take a look in the mirror. Politics has lost its independent critical thinking to the idolatry of political groupthink. This is why there are few leaders and even less that gets done.

    August 4, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  14. haren

    A white military guy lost to Obama I think he is still bitter and ANGRY.

    August 4, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. haren

    All right wing talk show host are either high school drop out or has minimum education.
    While Bill Meher, Keith Oberman Al Franken all are Ivy league educated.

    August 4, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. gideonwayne

    This is getting really old....We all know she is going to be confirmed.

    August 4, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  17. Chipster

    Even Lindsey Graham said that Sotomayor's record is a moderate one, based in constitutional law. Obama said he wanted someone who had empathy and a history of respect for the rule of law. The right-wing wackos ignored the full text and jumped on empathy as if understanding the impact of legal decisions on the lives of people involved were a bad thing. A judge must rule on the law but that doesn't mean they don't understand that it is sometimes painful. Often, that is the point, isn't it?

    August 4, 2009 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  18. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    Sotomayor's "...wise Latina woman..." comment was more that proved correct thanks to the stupidity of her Republican interregators Thanks guys! You more than proved her point.

    August 4, 2009 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  19. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Sarah Palin is more than qualified....Judge Sotomayor is not qualified...

    August 4, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  20. Karen

    Just vote Sotomayor into the position and stop the Republican whining. As usual, the Republicans are just voting no on the "buddy system" instead of using the brains God gave them. We're so sick of Republican obstructionism and saying no to anything that doesn't have a Bush or McCain mark on it! Vote her in, she deserves this, and move on to other business. Oh, I forgot, the Republicans don't work on business at hand...just attacks and whining and obstructing.

    August 4, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Drooling Liberal

    Well, I'm just a white man, so she's automatically smarter than me, right? I say appoint her!!!

    Now excuse me, I"ve got to go get my bib and watch some more MSNBC so I can drool over myself.

    August 4, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. Robin in Tampa, FL

    Sotomayor's has had an exemplary record as a Court of Appeals judge, furthermore she's replacing Justice Souter so it's not like the make-up of the court was going to change. The Republicans would be better served voting for her than opposing her on principle and alienating minority voters.

    August 4, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |

    They don't like the African American President, they don't like the Latino judge... so my question is, are the only people fit to run this country non-minorities?

    Minorities are tired of being ignored! This is our county too; and we will not take a back seat any more.

    Go with the flow or Go, but a change is coming!

    August 4, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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