Senate Holds Court on Sotomayor

Senate opens debate on Sotomayor for Supreme Court

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009  |  Updated 9:10 AM PDT
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Sotomayor will be the nation's first Latina justice.

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The Senate began debating President Barack Obama's high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor today as Republicans -- including Sen. John McCain -- said the prospective justice has an impressive background but hoped to scuttle her confirmation. 

Sotomayor, 55, is expected to become the nation's first Hispanic and third female justice but with the support of only a handful of GOP senators who oppose the nomination of the daughter of Puerto Rican parents born in the South Bronx.

McCain echoed the sentiments of many in his party when he said he was opposed to voting Sotomayor to the high court because she has a history of "judicial activism."

 

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