GOP Filibuster over Sotomayor? Cornyn Won’t Rule It Out

By Jennifer Parker

May 31, 2009 9:45am

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Tex., of the Senate Judiciary Committee isn’t ruling out a Republican filibuster on Capitol Hill over Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

“Is filibuster on the table today?” I asked Cornyn during an exclusive interview with him and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on “This Week” Sunday.

“I think it’s really premature to say that or to speculate,” Cornyn said.

“I’m not willing to judge one way or the other, George, because frankly we need to not pre-confirm, and to give Judge Sotomayor the fair hearing that Miguel Estrada and indeed Clarence Thomas were denied by our friends on the other side of the aisle,” Cornyn said.

But Schumer argued Sotomayor is “filibuster-proof.”

“When my Republican colleagues — and I think they have approached this in an open-minded way — when they see her record of excellence, she’s legally excellent, of moderation, she is not a far left-wing judge. Business Week said her record on business was moderate, the Wall Street Journal called her mainstream, and then her compelling history — I think she’s virtually filibuster proof when people learn her record and her story,” Schumer said.

Watch their debate here:

–George Stephanopoulos

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