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Cornyn, Hatch to vote ‘no’ on Sotomayor

Today two more Senate Republicans announced their intention to vote against Supreme Court hopeful Sonia Sotomayor when lawmakers take up her nomination next week.

Sen. John Cornyn said he came to his decision to oppose the 2nd Circuit judge “with regret and some sadness.”

“Voting to confirm a judge – this judge or any judge – despite doubts would certainly be the politically expedient thing to do, but I don’t believe it would be the right thing to do,” said Cornyn.

Acknowledging that Sotomayor, who has the solid backing of senate Democrats and a handful of Senate Republicans including Sen. Lindsay Graham, will be easily confirmed, and said that he wished her well on the bench. “I know she will be an inspiration to many young people in the Hispanic community and beyond,” he said.

Earlier today, fellow Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Orrin Hatch said he too would vote against the nominee. Sotomayor’s “statements and record were too much at odds with the principles about the judiciary in which I deeply believe,” Hatch said. But, he added in his statement: “The prospect of a woman of Puerto Rican heritage serving on the Supreme Court brought great excitement to me and says a lot about America.”

GOP lawmakers opposing Sotomayor’s confirmation have faced criticism from some groups and critics who say the nominee is qualified, and that Congress should embrace the prospect of putting the first Latina justice on the Court.

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